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).
United Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery only):
Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca), the national airline of Morocco, marks a milestone with the launch of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
The airline continues:
The new, super efficient 274-seat aircraft will depart on its inaugural 6.5-hour flight from Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca (CMN) to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on February 22.
This launch marks the first of two 787-8s that will be dedicated to trans-Atlantic flights between the U.S. and Morocco. Royal Air Maroc’s new planes feature 18 Business Class seats in a 2-2 layout, and 256 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.
Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Boeing 787-8, the pictured CN-RGB (msn 43817) was handed over to the carrier on December 31, 2014 and had been operating to Paris (Orly).
Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) (Brussels) loves logojets and the additional advertising revenue its brings in. Following on the new Ice-Watch logojet, the airline has also introduced this new “Air Flair” logojet on the pictured Airbus A320-214 OO-TCJ (msn 1787). The logojet promotes the local Belgian magazine Flair, which is read mainly by women.
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. OO-TCJ prepares to land at the Brussels base.