United Dreamliner connects Denver with Tokyo

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United has ordered 55 Dreamliners
United has ordered 55 Dreamliners

United Airlines has relaunched international flights using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and inaugurated a new trans-Pacific route connecting Denver with Tokyo.

The new service, which commenced yesterday was originally intended to launch earlier this year, but was delayed due to the global grounding of the Dreamliner in January. But on Monday 10 June at 1235, the first B787 took off from Denver International Airport, bound for Tokyo Narita. The flight is due to arrive in the Japanese capital at 1530 today, with the return service departing Narita at 1725 this evening.

United will now operate daily flights on the route, all of which will be operated using the 219-seat Dreamliner, which offers 36 seats in first class, 70 in business and 113 in economy.

“We share the excitement with the Denver community and want to recognise the efforts of city and state leaders who worked with us to make service to Asia from Denver a reality,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “The 787 is a revolutionary aircraft, and our customers are going to love the travel experience it provides.”

Colorado governor, John Hickenlooper, said he wanted to make the mountainous state “a top-five dream “destination” for Japanese and Asian tourists.

United was the B787’s North American launch customer and now has six Dreamliners in its fleet. It expects to receive a further 49 B787s including two more in the second half of 2013.

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