At 5:00am this morning, United Airlines rolled out their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner from the paint hangar at Paine Field. It was a bit too early for this Airline Reporter, so I have had to take a look at photos, like everyone else.
The video of this morning’s event, should be available on Thursday. That should also be the day, I will get the opportunity to check out the interior of this beautiful plane and see it first-hand. I know many of you have been critical of the “new” United livery, but this looks dang good.
The interior cabin will use blues and grays, which are consistent with the airline’s newer aircraft today. The 787 will also debut a new in-flight entertainment system that according to United will offer, “more intuitive browsing and more filtering options.”
To start preparations for the first 787 delivery, United has already installed a full-flight simulator at their Houston hub and has started training pilots, flight attendants and mechanics.
After United takes delivery of their first 787 in September, they will conduct a variety of tests before the aircraft enters service later in the fall. United is hoping to take delivery of five 787 Dreamliners before the end of 2012.
Stay tuned for Thursday, August 2nd. Starting at about 10am PT, United will be giving a tour of the interior of their 787 Dreamliner at Paine Field to invited guests and media. You better believe I am more than excited to be going. Be sure to follow along on my Twitter and Facebook.
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* Jon Ostrower got some screen shots of the live video feed this morning
* Local ABC Station, KOMO4, has posted photos taken from their helicopter this morning of United’s 787
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