United Airlines’ very first Boeing 787-10 has arrived, making it the only US carrier to count the newest member of the Dreamliner family of aircraft among its fleet.
The new aircraft was handed over to United at Boeing’s delivery centre in Charleston, South Carolina, yesterday and is the first of 14 such aircraft that the airline has on order from the US manufacturer.
Speaking at the delivery ceremony, United’s chief financial officer, Gerry Laderman, described the aircraft as an “excellent addition to United’s fleet”, adding that the aircraft provides a superior level of customer comfort “that allows passengers to arrive at their destinations feeling more refreshed”.
So what can passengers expect from the latest addition to United’s fleet?
First of all, the aircraft features United’s newest business class seat product, dubbed Polaris, which it launched in March last year on board its B777-300ERs. The airline has since been progressively retrofitting a number of its aircraft with the seats, and they can now be found on 777-200s and 767-300s as well.