On the day that United Airlines re-launched Boeing 787 commercial service from the airline’s hub in Houston, the carrier has provided details of new 787 services it plans to begin this summer.
United Airlines flight UA1, operated by a Boeing 787-8, departed from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport on May 20 at 11:00 a.m. for Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
The flight marked the return of regular service with the Boeing 787 following the grounding of the new widebody type on January by the FAA after a smoking battery incident in Japan and a battery fire at Boston.
United will operate additional Dreamliner flights on routes from Houston to other domestic hubs this week, and the airline will launch international 787 service on the new Denver-Tokyo route on June 10.
The airline also says that it plans to inaugurate Boeing 787 service this summer on existing long-haul intercontinental routes including Houston-London, Los Angeles-Tokyo, Los Angeles-Shanghai and Houston-Lagos.
United expects to take delivery of two more 787-8s from Boeing in the second half of 2013.
Altogether United has 30 787-8s and 14 Boeing 787-9s on order (in addition to the six 787-8s already in its fleet) and the carrier has optioned an additional 50 787-8s.