United Airlines has re-launched international service with the Boeing 787, with the June 10 inauguration of a new service from Denver International Airport to...

United Airlines has re-launched international service with the Boeing 787, with the June 10 inauguration of a new service from Denver International Airport to Narita International Airport near Tokyo.

The new United Airlines daily flight marks Denver’s first non-stop service to Asia.


United Airlines flight UA1 on May 20, 2013 from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport to Chicago O'Hare was the first revenue flight that United Airlines operated with a Boeing 787 following the type's grounding by the FAA on January 15 of the year

United Airlines flight UA1 on May 20, 2013 from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport to Chicago O’Hare was the first revenue flight that United Airlines operated with a Boeing 787 following the type’s grounding by the FAA on January 15 of the year. Flight UA139 on June 10, between Denver and Tokyo Narita, was United’s first international 787 service following the removal of the grounding order

 

“This new non-stop flight will be a gateway into Colorado for Japan and other Asian countries,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Already, Colorado is a top-five dream destination for people in the U.S., and we’d like to make it a top-five dream destination for Japan and throughout Asia.”

Hickenlooper added: “Japan is Colorado’s fourth-largest source of foreign investment, and we want to help companies expand by taking advantage of Colorado’s competitive business environment and highly educated workforce.”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is leading a delegation of nearly 70 Colorado business, tourism and government officials traveling to Japan in the week of June 10 to foster trade, tourism and investments between the two regions.

United Airlines flight UA139 departs Denver International Airport (IATA code DEN) daily at 12:35 p.m. and arrives at Narita International Airport NRT) at 3:30 p.m. the next day, local time.

United Airlines received the first of 50 Boeing 787-8s on order on September 24, 2012

United Airlines received the first of 55 Boeing 787-8s on order on September 24, 2012

 

In the other direction, flight UA138 departs NRT at 5:25 p.m. daily from June 11 and touches down at DEN at 1:15 p.m. the same day, local time.

Together with its transpacific joint venture partner All Nippon Airways, United aims to offer seamless connections at Narita to or from some 20 destinations in Asia, including important business and trade destinations such as Seoul, South Korea, Bangkok and Singapore.

United Airlines has configured each of its Boeing 787-8 widebodies with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy.

The North American launch customer for the Boeing 787, United now has six 787-8s in its fleet. The airline has 55 787s on order (including 14 of the larger Boeing 787-9 version) and expects to take delivery of two more 787-8s from Boeing in the second half of 2013.

This unusual shot of a United Airlines Boeing 787-8 shows off the scalloped rear edge of each GEnx-1B engine to good effect. The scalloping of the nacelle, also known as chevroning, is a Boeing technique to reduce engine noise

This unusual shot of a United Airlines Boeing 787-8 shows off the scalloped rear edge of each GEnx-1B engine to good effect. The scalloping of the nacelle, also known as chevroning, is a Boeing technique to reduce engine noise

 

In addition to the new Tokyo route, United has added nine new Denver routes in the past year, including flights to emerging energy markets such as Fort McMurray in Alberta and Dickinson in North Dakota.

Other new destinations United serves from Denver include Santa Fe in New Mexico and St. George in Utah. United has also recently increased the frequency of its service from Denver to Mexico.

United says it offers more flights to more destinations worldwide from Denver than any other airline, with more than 400 peak-day departures to 126 destinations throughout the year. United flies to over 60 more cities than the next-largest carrier at Denver International Airport, Southwest Airlines.

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