United’s first B787-9 rolls out of final assembly

United Airlines’ first B787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of final assembly in early April at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility. The rollout marks the first major milestone in the aircraft’s production ahead of its expected delivery this summer. The B787- 9 Dreamliner is the second and newest member of the fuel-efficient B787 family.


United’s first B787-9 rolls out of final assembly


United Airlines’ first B787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of final assembly in early April at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility. The rollout marks the first major milestone in the aircraft’s production ahead of its expected delivery this summer. The B787- 9 Dreamliner is the second and newest member of the fuel-efficient B787 family.

With the fuselage stretched six metres longer than the B787-8, United’s B787-9 will fly more than 30 additional passengers and up to 300 nautical miles farther with the same exceptional environmental performance, including up to 20 per cent less fuel burn and emissions, than similarly sized aircraft, according to Boeing.

Earlier this year, United announced that it will fly the B787-9 on the longest nonstop service in the world between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and Melbourne, Australia, beginning in October. The airline will fly the route six times weekly with the aircraft. In the meantime, United’s San Francisco- Chengdu flight, scheduled to begin service 9 June would not only be the first non-stop flight ever from the US to Chengdu, but also would be the longest B787 flight to operate non-stop in both directions, at least until the Melbourne flight begins. The flight will operate three times a week, pending government approval.