United Airlines ordered nine more Boeing 787-9’s, adding to its backlog. Deliveries will start in 2020. The aircraft will replace existing wide bodied aircraft.
United’s total number of 787 commitments is now 64, including 37 in service, 12 788’ss and 25 789’s.
United also revealed the first routes for its 787-10s, which enter service early next year.
The airline will operate the largest 787 variant between its Newark hub and Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Los Angeles flights will start January 7, with San Francisco is scheduled to see its first 787-10’s on February 14.
The 787-10’s will operate two of 12 planned peak-season daily round-trips in the Newark-Los Angeles market, and one of the airlines planned summer peak of 15 daily Newark-San Francisco round trips.
United is the North American launch customer for the 787-10 which will have 318 seats, including 44 in its Polaris business class, 21 premium economy seats, 54 in economy plus section, and 199 economy seats.
Further 787-10’s will likely be deployed on trans-Atlantic routes.