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United announces a series of domestic Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flights

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to fly its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on domestic routes starting in November as it prepares to begin previously-announced international service in December and January.

United expects to take delivery of the first five new Dreamliners this year from its total order for 50 of these aircraft.  As the initial aircraft are inducted into the fleet, they will be based at United’s Houston hub and will enter into service according to the following schedule:

Late September 1st 787 delivery
October Proving/validation flights and training activities that allow United to meet FAA certification requirements and prepare United to become the first North American operator for this new aircraft type. 2nd 787 delivery.
November Scheduled commercial flights from Houston to other U.S. hubs.  3rd and 4th 787 deliveries expected.
December Scheduled commercial flights from Houston to other U.S. hubs.  5th 787 delivery expected. First international service Dec. 4.
January Commencement of scheduled commercial flights on additional international routes as announced on Aug. 23.

United will phase in scheduled 787-8 service between Houston and each of its other domestic hubs beginning on November 4, 2012 as shown below. This schedule allows United’s 787s to operate more than 470 flight segments in the U.S. in the last two months of 2012 in addition to international flights beginning in early December:

Route Flight times Effective Date End Date Frequency
IAH-SFO-IAH 5:45 p.m. westbound

12:15 a.m. eastbound

Nov. 4, 2012 Dec. 2, 2012 5 x weekly
IAH-LAX-IAH 3:30 p.m. westbound
6:25 p.m. eastbound
Nov. 4, 2012 Dec. 3, 2012 6 x weekly
IAH-ORD-IAH 7:25 a.m. northbound

11:15 a.m. southbound

Nov. 4, 2012 Dec. 3, 2012 6 x weekly
IAH-EWR-IAH 8 a.m. northbound

3:30 p.m. southbound

Nov. 4, 2012 Jan. 3, 2013 Daily, except Nov. 18
IAH-CLE-IAH 7 a.m. northbound
4 p.m. southbound
Nov. 10, 2012 Nov. 10, 2012 One-day service
IAH-IAD-IAH 7 a.m. northbound
3:50 p.m. southbound
Nov. 17, 2012 Nov. 17, 2012 One-day service
IAH-SFO-IAH 5:45 p.m. westbound

12:15 a.m. eastbound

Dec. 3, 2012 Jan. 3, 2013 Daily
IAH-LAX-IAH 3:30 p.m. westbound
6:25 p.m. eastbound
Dec. 4, 2012 Jan. 3, 2013 Daily
IAH-DEN-IAH 7:20 a.m. westbound
10:15 a.m. eastbound
Dec. 5, 2012 Jan. 2, 2013 Daily
IAH-LAX-IAH 7:35 a.m. westbound
12:30 p.m. eastbound
Jan. 3, 2013 March 31, 2013 Daily
IAH-ORD-IAH 7:25 a.m. northbound

11:15 a.m. southbound

Jan. 4, 2013 March 29, 2013 Daily
IAH-DEN-IAH 9:15 a.m. westbound
2:15 p.m. eastbound
March 31, 2013 Open Daily

Note: Timing may vary slightly depending on day of the week.  Schedules are subject to change.

The 787-8 aircraft will display for sale for these domestic routes on united.com and other distribution channels beginning September 1. In October, United will announce plans for the official first commercial 787 flights, which are expected to occur prior to November 4 but only after proving/validation flights and training are complete.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Boeing 787-8 N20904 (msn 34824) is the first United Dreamliner, pictured being prepared for delivery at the Boeing assembly factory at Everett, WA. With the 787 Boeing has dropped its long-running customer codes. Many sites are still reporting this as a “787-822″ but this is not correct.

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