The aircraft is the first of 26 of the newest member of the Dreamliner family United has on order.
United vice president of fleet Ron Baur said it has the Dreamliner’s efficiency and comfort.
“The 787-9 builds on the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency and customer comfort while giving us even more flexibility and range. Last year our customers gave the 787 the highest customer satisfaction scores of any aircraft in our fleet, and we know they’ll enjoy what the 787-9 has to offer.”
The airline’s technicians will now perform installations and hardware upgrades.
The 787-9’s extended range will enable United to launch its Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, service on October 26, the airline’s first regularly scheduled international deployment of the aircraft.
In advance of the Melbourne route launch, United will first fly the aircraft between Houston and Los Angeles.
United’s 787-9 will be configured with 252 seats, 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.
United’s 787-9 fleet comes with pre-installed Wi-Fi connectivity.
Starting with this aircraft delivery, all of the airline’s subsequent Dreamliners, including the -8 and -10 variants, will have Wi-Fi. United currently has Wi-Fi on more than 300 aircraft, including all of its Airbus and Boeing 747 aircraft, and plans to equip the vast majority of its mainline fleet with Wi-Fi by mid-2015.