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This Monday, many will celebrate the first Boeing 787 delivery to All Nippon Airways (ANA).  ANA will become the first airline in the world receive and operate a Boeing 787, and United Airlines will be the first US operator  the 787.

Currently, United’s first 787 is making its way through the Boeing factory in Everett. I was able to catch a glimpse of the airframe while taking a factory tour during a recent TweetUp, but was unable to take photos (Boeing does not allow photos on their standard factory tour). Luck for us, Boeing sent photos to United and the airline shared them on their FaceBook.

United is expecting to take delivery of their first 787s sometime in early 2012. United and Continental Airlines both previously had 25 on order and post merger, United will have 50. United plans to fit their 787s with 36 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst, 63 extra-legroom seats in Economy Plus and 120 seats in standard Economy.

“We are proud to be the first North American airline to receive the 787, which will be a game changer for the new United and the industry,” said United Airlines President and CEO Jeff Smisek via a press release. “The 787 will be a very comfortable, customer pleasing aircraft, and with its range, fuel efficiency and superb operating economics, the 787 will allow us to enter new long-haul markets and also replace older, less-efficient widebody aircraft.”

United has not yet announced any flight schedules for their 787s, but plan to do so later in the year. Continental has previously announced a planned flight from Houston to Auckland non-stop using the 787.

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What You Need to Know About Boeing’s First 787 Delivery

Unfortunately the name will read UNITED and not CONTINENTAL.
Hopefully they let the Continental design team take care of the interior.

Disappointing that United did not use the 787 as an opportunity to roll out an entirely new livery. To put such a dated livery on a new aircraft like this is supremely disappointing.

Way to go, United!

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