Boeing announced on Monday that Star Alliance member United Airlines has ordered nine additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The order is worth USD$2.53 billion at list prices, bringing United’s Dreamliner order total to 64. 37 of these planes have already been delivered.
United’s Boeing 787-9s are equipped with 48 Polaris Business Class seats and 204 Economy Class seats. With a range of close to 8000 nautical miles, Dreamliners are operated on ultra-long-haul routes like Houston to Sydney or San Francisco to Singapore. New Dreamliners can replace old, inefficient planes that currently operate United’s longest services.
“The 787 Dreamliner has been so successful in the marketplace because of great partners like United Airlines that have taken the airplane’s unrivalled performance to open new routes and offer passengers a wonderful travel experience. It makes all of us very proud to have United place a repeat order since its team has spent a lot of time with the Dreamliner and knows what it can do,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for Boeing. 25 Boeing 787-9s are currently in service for the airline.
Delivery of planes on this recent order is expected to begin in 2020.
United’s order means that the 787 will pass 100 net orders in 2018, a milestone for Boeing.
United Airlines is set to take delivery of its first large Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner later this year. The carrier plans to introduce 787-10s on its transcontinental services from Newark to Los Angeles and San Francisco. United will offer 44 Business Class seats on board of these flights with lie-flat seats and aisle access for everyone in addition to other features of the new Polaris product. United’s 787-10s will be equipped with 274 Economy and Economy Plus seats.
United could also use its 787-10s on flights to Hawai’i or as replacements for aging “Boeing 777-200s. Currently, United has 14 of the largest Dreamliner variant on order.
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