United Airlines (Chicago) yesterday (June 10) re-launched international service on the 787 Dreamliner with the inaugural flight from the airline’s hub in Denver to Tokyo-Narita International Airport. The daily flight marks the Mile High City’s first nonstop connection to Asia, a highly anticipated milestone in Denver’s history.
Flight UA 139 departs Denver daily at 12:35 p.m. (1235) and arrives at Tokyo-Narita International Airport at 3:30 p.m. (1530) the next day. For the return, Flight UA 138 departs Tokyo at 5:25 p.m. (1725) and arrives in Denver at 1:15 p.m. (1315) the same day. (All times are local.)
Together with its joint venture partner ANA, United will offer seamless connections at Narita to or from more than 18 destinations in Asia, including important business and trade destinations like Seoul, South Korea, Bangkok and Singapore.
United is the 787 North American launch customer and now has six Dreamliners in its fleet. Theairline has 55 Dreamliners on order and expects to take delivery of two more from Boeing in the second half of 2013.
In addition to the Tokyo route, United in the past year added nine new Denver routes, including flights to emerging energy markets like Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and Dickinson, N.D. Other new destinations United serves from Denver include Santa Fe, N.M., and St. George, Utah. United also recently increased the frequency of service from Denver to Mexico.
United offers more flights to more destinations worldwide from Denver than any other airline, with more than 400 peak day departures to 126 destinations throughout the year. United flies to over 60 more cities than the next largest carrier at Denver International Airport.
United is one of Denver’s largest private employers, with nearly 5,000 employees who proudly call Denver home. United celebrated the airline’s 75th anniversary of service to Denver last year with the announcement it would begin service to Tokyo.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. United 787s are configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy. Boeing 787-8 N26906 (msn 34829) climbs gracefully away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.