United takes delivery of first Dreamliner

United takes delivery of first Dreamliner

Boeing and United Airlines have announced the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner.

United is the first airline in North America to take delivery of the 787.

Jeff Smisek, president and chief executive of United, said: “As the North American launch customer, we are delighted to be getting our first 787 Dreamliner.

“As we continue to build the world’s leading airline, we are excited for our customers and co-workers to experience this game-changing aircraft.”

United has announced it will initially use the 787 on international routes to Africa, Asia and Europe.

The airline will conduct temporary domestic flights before transitioning its 787 fleet to international service in late 2012.

“This 787 delivery represents the continuation in the more than 80-year partnership between our two companies,” said Ray Conner, president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“United now begins a new chapter with the 787 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built.

“It reinforces United’s commitment to be the world’s leading airline by providing unmatched fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.”

This delivery marks the first of 50 Dreamliners that United has on order.