CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that the company has successfully completed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process for its 787 Dreamliner. United can now begin flying the Dreamliner for passenger service, beginning with its inaugural 787 commercial flight departing Houston for Chicago Nov. 4 at 7:20 a.m. CST.
United's first Dreamliner arrived in Houston on Sept. 28 to begin a month-long certification program that included non-commercial flights to several of United's domestic and international stations, totaling more than 100 flight hours. During this time, the aircraft underwent a series of test scenarios, including diversions and simulated mechanical issues, in thorough preparation for service.
"I want to thank my co-workers who worked so carefully and professionally to get United certified to operate the Dreamliner," said United's President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smisek. "Many people from across the company put in a lot of work to help us induct and prepare to operate the 787, and I'm proud to share this important day with all of them."
United has received two of the 50 Dreamliners it has on order. Configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy, the Dreamliner will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.United 787 Virtual Tour A virtual tour of United's Dreamliner is now available through the United Hub at unitedhub.com and on the media center at unitedcontinentalholdings.com. The virtual tour provides a detailed look at the aircraft's unique characteristics through a variety of animated, interactive features. The tour enables viewers to sample the Dreamliner's United BusinessFirst seats, electrochromatic window shades, six styles of LED cabin lighting and more. The virtual tour also includes segments on the 787's state-of-the-art flight deck, crew rest areas and lavatories, as well as information about the Dreamliner's General Electric GEnx engines, wing technology and cargo capabilities. A "facts & figures" section of the tour offers a series of graphics that illustrate the Dreamliner's capabilities and specifications. Recent photos and video of United's first 787 aircraft are available for download in the media center on unitedcontinentalholdings.com. About United United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day to 378 airports on six continents from our hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/ Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142 million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United now has 180 airplanes featuring DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022, including 25 Airbus A350XWBs and 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. United took delivery of the first two of five new Dreamliners it expects to receive this year; in total, United has ordered 50 of the aircraft. United was rated the world's most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine's 2012 airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL. SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.