I’m a fan of the Boeing 787, it’s early teething problems notwithstanding. And I’m looking forward to the routes it opens up. United is flying non-stop to Melbourne. British Airways is flying to Austin.
There will be plenty of secondary cities that get non-stop service, and I think it will be ultimately disruptive of a lot of models since it will divert traffic away from existing hub flights.
United’s first 787-9 with a longer fuselage, greater seating capacity, and additional range has gotten its paint job up at Boeing.
This is the plane type they’ll be using to launch Melbourne, Australia service.
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United already operates 10 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, on which it seats 219 passengers. With its fuselage stretched by 20 feet, the 787-9 will be configured with 252 seats, including 48 in BusinessFirst and 204 in economy. Of the economy seats, 88 will be EconomyPlus with added legroom.
British Airways has big plans for their 787-9s, since those will feature a first class cabin.
Meanwhile, Air New Zealand which was first in line and expects to fly the aircraft Auckland – Shanghai, has it painted in a striking black.