United builds 787 routes

While a lot has been going wrong for United recently, on the positive side is the steady roll out of their 787 Dreamliners and their future planned destinations which have been steadily announced. The airline now has 22 of the 55 Dreamliners they have ordered.

The Dreamliner’s ten destinations from San Francisco International are now:

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Great Circle Map: Featured Map for 10 October 2015: the most recently announced flights are in green

  1. Auckland -July 2016  (787-8 increasing to a daily 787-9 from October)
  2. Chengdu -Commenced
  3. Houston
  4. Osaka -Commenced
  5. Shanghai
  6. Sydney -March, 2016
  7. Taipei
  8. Tel Aviv – March 2016  (787-9)
  9. Tokyo Haneda
  10. Xi’an

The airline is deploying the 787 on its longest flights which means they have a massive fuel saving potential.

A by product of this deployment is that international flights from  United’s SFO hub will be largely their best product. All flights to Australia and New Zealand will be utilising the Dreamliner. As someone who used to complain about their fairly sub-standard ageing 747 based product to and from “down under” this is great news.

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Meanwhile down in  Los Angeles, United will be connecting five destinations with the City of Angels

London Heathrow –April 2016 where it will be competing with British Airway’s 380 and Air New Zealand’s current 777 service.

Melbourne, the world’s longest 787 route-Commenced (787-9)

Shanghai -Commenced (787-9)

Sydney- March 2016

Tokyo Narita – the airline’s first regular 787 service commenced in January, 2013.

United also has a Denver – Tokyo Narita service. Flying internationally into Denver and connecting to a domestic flight is a much nicer experience than Los Angeles and I would preference this option anytime.

 

hou hubOver at their Houston hub:

  1. Amsterdam –  December 2015 (787-9)
  2. Buenos Aires –  October 2015 (787-9)
  3. Frankfurt (Commenced) (787-9) where they are competing with Star Alliance partner Lufthansa’s 380. On this route, I would go with LH!
  4. Lagos  (Commenced) – very useful way to get to Nigeria
  5. London Heathrow (Commenced)
  6. Los Angeles (Commenced) (787-9)
  7. Rio de Janeiro (Commenced) (787-9)
  8. Santiago de Chile –  January 2016 (787-9)
  9. Sao Paulo Guarulhos (Commenced)
  10. Tokyo Narita –  March 2016 (787-9)

 

 

 

Aircraft-Boeing-787-8The United 787-8 features 219 seats, including:

  •  36 fully flat beds in its United BusinessFirst arranged 2-2-2 configuration with 6’6″ of sleeping space and 22″ width
  • 70  Economy Plus seats with 35″pitch and 17.3″ width arranged 3-3-3
  • 113 seats in the economy cabin with the standard 32″pitch and 17.3″ width, also arranged 3-3-3

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The larger United 787-9 has 252 seats with:

  •  48 fully flat beds in its United BusinessFirst arranged in the same 2-2-2 configuration with 6’6″ of sleeping space and 22″ width
  • 88  Economy Plus seats with 35″pitch and 17.3″ width arranged 3-3-3
  • 116  seats in the economy cabin with the standard 32″pitch and 17.3″ width, also arranged 3-3-3

United order of 55 Dreamliners is the third largest order for 787s out of any commercial airline following ANA’s 83 and Etihad’s 71. Click here to find every 787 currently in the air.

 

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