United Airlines’ first international aircraft to complete the company’s multi-million dollar product enhancement is scheduled to take flight on 29 October 2007 from Washington Dulles to Frankfurt.With its new flat-bed seats, on-demand entertainment and other spruced up amenities, the Boeing 767 will provide customers with an optimal space to work, sleep or relax while traveling overseas.
Graham Atkinson, United executive vice president and Chief Customer Officer, said “The investments we are making in our international aircraft will enable our employees to more easily deliver the high standard of personal service our top customers expect. Soon our guests will see that from the moment they step onboard and lie in our true flat-bed seats to the time they arrive at their destinations, they will feel more relaxed and rewarded.”
The first of the 97 international aircraft that will be modified is a Boeing 767, which after its inaugural flight is scheduled to alternate flying between Washington, D.C.-Frankfurt and Washington, D.C.-Zurich.
Following the Boeing 767, will be a Boeing 747 that is scheduled to begin flying in mid-December and a Boeing 777 that is scheduled to fly in early February. After these three aircraft are modified, the rollout schedule will accelerate and run in parallel by aircraft type through fall 2009 with approximately one reconfigured aircraft per week joining the fleet.
As part of United’s international widebody aircraft investment, United will also refresh its premium cabin restrooms and in the economy cabin will add new seat cushions, replace the carpeting and upgrade its inflight entertainment system with digital servers and new LCD screens.