United Announces 787 Domestic Schedule

by James Andrew Scott on September 15, 2012

in MileagePlus, United Airlines

United Will Fly its New 787s on Domestic Routes Initially

United Airlines recently released a domestic schedule for its 787s. Following proving and validation flights in October, United will temporarily fly 787s on domestic routes based out of Houston (IAH) before beginning international service. For those eager to fly Boeing’s 787, this is great news as you can experience the 787 on relatively short-haul, domestic flights without buying a more expensive international ticket. We recently took a look at the interior and livery of United’s 787s.

Domestic destinations from Houston include San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Denver (DEN), and Chicago (ORD).  For one day only, United will also fly 787s round-trip from IAH to Cleveland (CLE) and from IAH to Washington, DC (IAD). United’s scheduled, international 787 service will begin on January 3 with daily, non-stop service from LAX to Tokyo-Narita. Other international destinations were also recently announced.

For those interested in being first, seats on the first United 787 flight on the first day of service (November 4) between IAH and ORD are available.  As of today, economy seats are $517 one-way and $976 in BusinessFirst (one-way).

I checked the first IAH to SFO flight on November 4 and it is also available. As of today, BusinessFirst, one-way tickets are available for $844. Economy seats are $594 (one-way).

Here’s the overall 787 roll-out schedule:

Late September   1st 787 delivery
October Proving/validation flights and training activities that allow United to meet FAA certification requirements and prepare United to become the first North American operator for this new aircraft type. 2nd 787 delivery.
November Scheduled commercial flights from Houston to other U.S. hubs.  3rd and 4th 787 deliveries expected.
December Scheduled commercial flights from Houston to other U.S. hubs.  5th 787 delivery expected. First international service Dec. 4.
January Commencement of scheduled commercial flights on additional international routes as announced on Aug. 23.

The Domestic Schedule:

Route Flight times Effective Date End Date Frequency
IAH-SFO-IAH 5:45 p.m. westbound 12:15 a.m. eastbound Nov. 4, 2012 Dec. 2, 2012 5 x weekly
IAH-LAX-IAH 3:30 p.m. westbound6:25 p.m. eastbound Nov. 4, 2012 Dec. 3, 2012 6 x weekly
IAH-ORD-IAH 7:25 a.m. northbound 11:15 a.m. southbound Nov. 4, 2012 Dec. 3, 2012 6 x weekly
IAH-EWR-IAH 8 a.m. northbound 3:30 p.m. southbound Nov. 4, 2012 Jan. 3, 2013 Daily, except Nov. 18
IAH-CLE-IAH 7 a.m. northbound
4 p.m. southbound
Nov. 10, 2012 Nov. 10, 2012 One-day service
IAH-IAD-IAH 7 a.m. northbound
3:50 p.m. southbound
Nov. 17, 2012 Nov. 17, 2012 One-day service
IAH-SFO-IAH 5:45 p.m. westbound 12:15 a.m. eastbound Dec. 3, 2012 Jan. 3, 2013 Daily
IAH-LAX-IAH 3:30 p.m. westbound
6:25 p.m. eastbound
Dec. 4, 2012 Jan. 3, 2013 Daily
IAH-DEN-IAH 7:20 a.m. westbound
10:15 a.m. eastbound
Dec. 5, 2012 Jan. 2, 2013 Daily
IAH-LAX-IAH 7:35 a.m. westbound
12:30 p.m. eastbound
Jan. 3, 2013 March 31, 2013 Daily
IAH-ORD-IAH 7:25 a.m. northbound 11:15 a.m. southbound Jan. 4, 2013 March 29, 2013 Daily
IAH-DEN-IAH 9:15 a.m. westbound
2:15 p.m. eastbound
March 31, 2013 Open Daily
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