Here is another update on United’s 787. Yesterday (May 18, 2013) I received a notice from United that they have information on the reintroduction of their 787 Dreamliners. They now say they will begin flying tomorrow (May 20th) on Domestic routes and begin flying Internationally on June 10th on United’s new Denver to Tokyo route. I am ticketed on two flights in early June between LAX to IAH on the 787 and will have a review of it shortly thereafter. Click the link below to read more from United on the 787.
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This is an update (May 4, 2013) to the prior article below on United’s 787 Dreamliner;
Finally the 787 Dreamliner has fixed it’s battery issue and has been cleared by the FAA to begin passenger service again. Ethiopian Airlines was the first airline to start flying the Dreamliner again on April 27th. Other airlines (LOT, JAL, ANA, UAL, to name a few) are to start flying the 787 immediately, soon, or later this month. United Airlines is scheduled to start domestic service May 31, 2013 and is still planning their inaugural international flight from Denver to Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) on June 10th. United’s web site has very little updated news about their 787’s. As of now they will fly their domestic schedule through their hub in Houston (IAH). So starting May 31st you can start to fly the 787 on flights from IAH to DEN, LAX, and ORD, and can actually book these flights now. Hopefully since they are waiting so long to reintroduce them, they will actually fly on flights they are scheduled to fly (was an issue before they were grounded). But I will try to book a ticket from ORD to LAX thru IAH on 787’s on both legs so I have a better chance of actually flying on it.
I had my first sighting of United’s 787 Dreamliner today (Nov. 2012) . I arrived into Chicago a little early for a meeting and had a few minutes to kill when I realized it was noon and the 787 flight from ORD to IAH is scheduled to leave a little before noon. I saw the Houston flight was delayed. So I went to the gate and there she was!!! I had to go back to the food court to take these photo’s (I think the women who sat down to eat at the table where I was taking the photo’s thought I was nuts).
The big difference I could see is that it seems to be as long as a 767 but almost as wide as a 777. Looks a little like the old 747SP’s (or me) – short and a little chubby. It is nice that the gold line separating the paint scheme is not straight like United’s other planes. It will make it easy to spot their 787’s.