United’s First 787 Dreamliner Unveiled

by James Andrew Scott on August 17, 2012

in ANA, MileagePlus, United Airlines

United Recently Revealed its Boeing 787 Livery

United Airlines is the North American launch customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline is scheduled to take delivery of its first 787 in September, but has not yet announced its first route. United has firm orders for 50 787s to be delivered by 2019.

The 787 features improved LED lighting, larger overhead bins, a lower cabin atmosphere (6,000 feet versus traditional 8,000 feet), increased ambient humidity, and larger windows. The 787 is primarily built with composite materials, has 30 percent more range, and uses approximately 20 percent less fuel than similarly-sized aircraft. Real-world measurements on ANA’s 787 have averaged a 21% fuel savings over the 767.

United has configured its first 787 cabin with 36 BusinessFirst seats, 72 Economy Plus seats, and 111 Economy Seats.  The 787 features an in-flight entertainment system at every seat. To TripBadger’s eye, the exterior of the United’s 787 is striking. The swooping gold stripe nicely accentuates the plane’s attractive, more pointed nose. The interior, however, is somewhat underwhelming. The seat fabrics already appear dated and rather cheap. The carpet also appears to clash with the seats. The neutral gray carpet chosen by ANA may have been a better choice. We eagerly await our first flight in a United 787 to give our readers a first-hand reporting.  Click for larger images.

United 787 Dreamliner Nose. All photos courtesy of United.

United 787 Dreamliner.

Dreamliners feature LED lighting effects.

United Economy cabin.

United BusinessFirst Class.

United 787 Seat Map.

ANA 787 Comparison

ANA was the worldwide launch customer for the 787 Dreamliner.  ANA currently flies the 787 on its Frankfurt to Toyko route.  ANA close a 2-4-2 seating arrangement in Economy class versus United’s denser, 3-3-3 arrangement.  Click for larger images.

ANA 787 seat map for long-haul international flights.  ANA’s 787 has just 158 seats versus United’s 219 seats.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Economy Class.

ANA Economy Class. All photos credit: ANA.

ANA Business Class.

Boeing 787 Facts Courtesy of Boeing

Seating: 
210 to 250 passengers

Range: 
7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles (14,200 to 15,200 kilometers)

Configuration: 
Twin aisle

Cross Section: 
226 inches (574 centimeters)

Wing Span: 
197 feet (60 meters)

Length: 
186 feet (57 meters)

Height: 
56 feet (17 meters)

Cruise Speed: 
Mach 0.85

Total Cargo Volume: 
4,400 cubic feet

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 
502,500 pounds (227,930 kilograms)

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