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Boeing delivers the first South Carolina-built 787-9 Dreamliner to United Airlines

United 787-9 N35953 (12)(Grd) CHA (Boeing)(LR)

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled at its North Charleston, South Carolina, facility to United Airlines (Chicago). The airplane also marks a milestone for the 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered.

In the first quarter of 2013, Boeing South Carolina teammates began fabrication, assembly and integration of the aft and mid fuselage sections for the first Boeing 787-9 and delivered them to Everett Final Assembly. In November 2014, work began on the first South Carolina-built 787-9 when the first aft and mid sections were delivered to Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly. The airplane rolled out to the flight line in January 2015 and completed its first flight last month.

“Our customers have told us they love flying on the Dreamliner, and we’re excited to mark yet another first for the aircraft with this delivery from Boeing South Carolina,” said United’s Vice President of Fleet Ron Baur. “We were the first North American carrier to fly the 787-8 in September 2012 and the first to fly 787-9s in September 2014. The Dreamliners have allowed us to fly longer distances with greater fuel efficiency and open new direct routes such as Los Angeles to Melbourne, while providing our customers and employees with a more comfortable flying experience.”

This is the fourth 787-9 for United Airlines, in addition to the 12 787-8s the airline already has in service.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 is designed to fly up more passengers and cargo farther with the same exceptional fuel and environmental performance: 20 percent less fuel use and emissions than the airplanes they replace.

Photo: Boeing. The pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N35953 (msn 36404) was handed over to United today (March 17).

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United Airlines flight UA 1074 returns to Washington Dulles after passengers restrain a disruptive passenger

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United Airlines (Chicago) flight UA 1074 from Washington (Dulles) (IAD) to Denver (DEN) returned to Dulles International Airport last night (March 16) after a disruptive passenger reportedly charged the cockpit. Several passengers restrained the passenger until the Boeing 737 could safely land back at IAD. According top ABC News, “local law enforcement met the aircraft at the gate and detained the passenger”. The unnamed passenger was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Twitter photo by Ron Hernandez. Several passengers restrain the disruptive passenger.

Republic Airlines Q400 flight blows tire on takeoff, makes an emergency landing at Denver

Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis) United Express flight UA 4870 from Denver to Kansas City yesterday (March 14) with a Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) blew a tire on takeoff. After burning off fuel, the aircraft made a safe emergency landing back at DEN. The blown tire and landing were captured on video.

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United Express flight UA 3645 makes a nose wheel-up landing at Chicago O’Hare

 

United Express-GoJet CRJ700 N157GJ (CO 91)(Nose landing) ORD (Scott Frody)(LR)

United Airlines (Chicago) flight US 3645 from Grand Rapids, MI to the Chicago (O’Hare) hub landed this afternoon (March 14) with the nose wheel retracted. There were no reported injuries on the Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N157GJ according to WGN. The flight was operated by GoJet Airlines (St. Louis).

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According to a report by WZZM13, the passengers were informed 20 minutes into the flight there was a problem with the nose gear and the flight would be making an emergency landing at ORD.

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In related news, GoJet will take delivery of its first Bombardier CRJ900 in June. GoJet Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans States Holdings, Inc., will operate seven Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft under the Delta Connection regional service brand. Deliveries will begin in June of 2015 and continue through October 2015.

GoJet Airlines currently operates a fleet of 47, two-class Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, of which 22 are in service for Delta (the others for United under the United Express banner). GoJet has provided regional service for Delta under the Delta Connection brand since 2011.

Top: Twitter photo by Scott Frody. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N157GJ (msn 10230) of GoJet sits on its nose after landing. ARFF personnel assist the safe exit of all passengers and crew members.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. N157GJ departs from Dulles International Airport (IAD) prior to the O’Hare incident.

United Airlines considers the Airbus A321LR as a Boeing 757 replacement

United Airlines (Chicago) is now considering the new Airbus A321LR (Longer Range) as a thin route replacement aircraft to its large and aging Boeing 757 fleet according to Reuters.

Boeing is now finally agreeing to look at this noticeable gap in its line-up between the Boeing 737-900ER and the 787-8 Dreamliner. Boeing stated on Monday is was discussing studies of a model slightly larger than the 757 with greater range.

United has also said it will look at what Boeing comes up with but it could be too late as Airbus is making inroads in this niche airplane market.

Avianca is also considering the Boeing 787-9 according to the article.

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Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. United is a large Boeing 757 operator (second to Delta) and also, because of the merger between United and Continental, is a large Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 operator. The 757-200 (especially with the pictured Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets) is ideal for the summer trans-Atlantic long and thin European markets. Boeing 757-222 N568UA (msn 26674) is seen at JFK International Airport in New York.

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United Airlines to upgrade its airport lounge experience

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United Airlines (Chicago) has issued this statement about an upgraded experience including new food items at its United Clubs. U.S. airlines are all upgrading their premiums services and United is upgrading its experience too for its premium passengers.

United Airlines has announced it is transforming the customer experience in its United Clubs with upgrades including an overhauled, complimentary food menu launching this week, extensive club renovations and a hospitality-focused approach to customer service.

New Complimentary Food Menu

United will launch an all-new complimentary food menu in its United Clubs – from a Greek yogurt bar and hot oatmeal station to hummus with pretzel crisps and peppers. The menu is focused on freshness, variety and quality. United is replacing all current offerings with the new healthy and delicious choices, beginning with Chicago O’Hare International Airport this week.

The new items will be available at United Clubs in Houston, Denver, Newark, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington Dulles by the end of summer. All United Clubs worldwide will feature the new food by the end of the year.

United morning food selections

Also in 2015, United will launch an upgraded beverage-for-sale program of premium wines, beers and spirits including Champagne Laurent-Perrier and Trinchero Family Estates Wines. United plans to test a new food-for-sale pilot program later this year as well.

United Club Renovations

In the coming year, the airline will renovate clubs in Chicago O’Hare, Washington Reagan, Hong Kong and Tokyo Narita. It will also build new clubs in Atlanta and San Francisco, and begin major changes in Los Angeles.

Each lounge will reflect the new, modern style with upgraded amenities showcased in the airline’s Chicago O’Hare, Boston, London Heathrow, San Diego and Seattle United Club renovations. The new design schemes incorporate both United’s unique aviation history and panoramic views of modern-day aviation in action. New and renovated United Clubs offer more and diverse seating arrangements.

Service and More

United will re-train its United Club agents with a new, comprehensive customer service program throughout 2015. The training will reflect standards of the hotel and hospitality industry to better match club members’ expectations. United Club members will also enjoy complimentary, Wi-Fi-based printing for greater customer productivity this year.

Top Photo: United Airlines. Fresh hummus with pita thins or pretzel crisps along with Greek olives and freshly sliced red bell peppers.

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Below photo: United Airlines. Scones (flavors rotate between cinnamon vanilla, blueberry, cranberry orange) and fresh bagel sticks (plain and everything bagels) with cream cheese and assorted jams.

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United Airlines is interested in the Boeing 777-300 ER, will not accept bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries

United Airlines (Chicago) could become a new potential customer of the Boeing 777-300 ER. According to Reuters, Chief Financial Officer, John Rainey, told Reuters United is interested in the stretch Triple Seven as a “good fit its network”. United is considering swapping some Boeing 787s it has on order for the 777-300 ER. However United does not have an immediate interest on the new Boeing 777X design.

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In other news, United Airlines stated yesterday it will no longer accept bulk shipments of rechargeable batter (lithium-ion batteries), following the lead of Delta Air Lines.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The 777-300 ER would mesh well with the current 19 Boeing 777-200s and 55 777-200 ERs. Boeing 777-222 ER N226UA (msn 30226) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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