On November 5, 2018, United Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. With this, the airline became the first North American carrier to take possession of the 787-10, the newest and biggest variant of Boeing’s long-haul 787 wide body jet. United also became the first airline in the world to have all three of those variants. This airline already has the 787-8 and 787-9 versions of the Dreamliner. “The 787-10 is an excellent addition to United’s fleet. It offers superior fuel efficiency while providing a more comfortable customer experience onboard that allows passengers to arrive at their destinations feeling more refreshed,” Gerry Laderman, United’s Chief Financial Officer, said in a statement about the handover, which took place at Boeing’s delivery centre facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. Singapore Airlines was the first in the world to take delivery of the “Dash 10” variant, receiving its first version of the jet in March 2018. The 787- 10 is 18 feet longer than the 787-9, allowing it to hold more passengers and cargo than other versions. United Airlines has ordered a total of 14 of the 787-10s.
United will configure its 787-10s to hold 274 seats, including 44 of its new lie-flat business-class seats and 21 international-style “Premium Plus” premium economy seats. There also will be 54 extra-legroom Economy Plus seats and 199 in standard coach. The airline will begin preparations to introduce the jet to its schedule. United says it expects its 787-10 to begin flying paying passengers on January 7, 2019, when it debuts on flights between the airline’s Los Angeles and Newark Liberty hubs.