The airline industry is all abuzz with the news that United will purchase 100 787s from Boeing in a deal they’re saying is the largest purchase of commercial aircraft ever made in U.S. history. The United Dreamliner is a modernization and improvement in a few different ways.

How will the 787 Dreamliner improve United’s responsible travel practices?

First, the 787 is made with lighter weight composite materials, which, in addition to design and technology improvements, will provide 25% greater fuel efficiency than the older 767s and 777s they will replace. Some of the 767s are around 30 years old – an age that means they’re up for retirement anyway.

Where does the Dreamliner fly?

The United Dreamliner flies these domestic routes already:

  • Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Newark to San Francisco (SFO)
  • Washington Dulles (IAD) to Los Angeles

Aside from those meager domestic offerings, you can catch a Dreamliner on one of these international routes:

  • Newark to Tel Aviv (TLV)
  • Newark to Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Dulles to Brussels (BRU)
  • Dulles to Frankfurt
  • Newark to Brussels
  • Newark to Amsterdam (AMS)
  • Newark to Paris (CDG)
  • Newark to Lisbon (LIS)
  • Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda (HND)
  • Newark to Athens (ATH)

The greater fuel efficiency provides longer range for flight schedules, so United plans to expand its long-haul routes to international destinations. This has the added bonus of helping get more travelers to their dream vacations!

To date, they’ve announced new routes from Los Angeles to London (LHR) and Washington DC (IAD) to Paris (CDG). Look for more announcements in the months to come.

What’s it like to fly in a United Dreamliner?

The Dreamliner carries a range of 248 to 336 passengers and offers 4 classes of service:

  • United Polaris Business Class
  • United Premium Plus
  • Economy Plus
  • Economy

Polaris Business Class offers the most luxurious amenities for Business Class passengers including:

  • Aisle access
  • Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
  • Away amenity kits
  • 16-inch seatback screens
  • Noise-reducing headphones

On long-haul flights, United Premium Plus seats offer:

  • 6-inch recline
  • 13-inch seatback screens

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