5 September 2014
Boeing (NYSE: BA) and United Airlines said they are celebrating the delivery of the airline´s first 787-9 Dreamliner.
United said it will become the first airline in North America to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 service later this month.
Earlier this year, United announced it will fly the airplane on what will become the longest 787 route, nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.
The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes. The airplane leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.