United preparing to launch 787 in North America; reaches initial accord with pilots

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Published: August 3, 2012

United Airlines (UA), the North American launch customer for the Boeing 787, said it will take delivery of the first of 50 Dreamliners it has on order in September.

The aircraft rolled out of Boeing’s paint hangar in Everett, Wash., this week. “The 787 will open up new non-stop destinations that customers would not be able to otherwise reach on United, such as the recently announced Denver-to-Tokyo service that starts next spring,” UA said in a statement.

UA’s 787 cabin will be configured with 219 seats, comprised of 36 in business class, 72 in premium economy and 111 in economy. 

Separately, UA parent United Continental Holdings (UCH) announced it has reached an “agreement in principle” on a new collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line Pilots Assn. (ALPA) that would cover both UA and Continental Airlines pilots. “The agreement is subject to definitive documentation, approvals by the ALPA master executive councils of each subsidiary and ratification by the company’s pilots,” UCH stated.

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