United Airlines today announced that it will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to replace the Boeing 777-200 on its daily Sydney–San Francisco and Sydney–Los Angeles services, effective March 27, and March 28, 2016 respectively (eastbound).
The airline already operates its Melbourne-Los Angeles route using the 787-9.
Alison Espley, United’s managing director, Japan and Pacific, Sales said: “This is another great milestone for United in Australia. We’re excited about introducing the game-changing 787-9 on both our routes from Sydney.
“This aircraft has redefined flying for our Melbourne customers and we’re delighted that our Sydney passengers will now also enjoy the superior inflight comfort and amenities that the Dreamliner offers.
“This announcement demonstrates United’s continued strong commitment to the Australian market, which we have been serving for almost 30 years.”
United, the North American launch customer for the 787-9, deployed the aircraft type internationally for the first time last year when it introduced nonstop service between Melbourne and Los Angeles, breaking a world record for the longest 787 route to date.
United offers Australian customers more than 200 daily connections via its San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs to over 90 destinations across the U.S.
The 787-9 has a total of 252 seats in two cabins – 48 in United BusinessFirst, with seats arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration, and 204 in United Economy, including 63 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.
United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service. The BusinessFirst seat reclines 180 degrees into a 1.98-m lie-flat bed and features a personal on-demand entertainment system with a 39-cm touch-screen monitor.
BusinessFirst amenities include laptop power, USB ports and a multi-course meal with complimentary wines.
United Economy offers complimentary food, beer, wine, soft drinks and inflight entertainment. Seats feature an adjustable headrest and a 22.8-cm personal seat-back monitor delivering a personal on-demand inflight entertainment system.
United Economy Plus offers up to 12.7cm of extra legroom. Located near the front of the Economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane upon arrival. The aircraft offers satellite-based Wi-Fi and power outlets.