United Airlines has placed an order with Boeing
for an additional nine 787-9 airplanes, the longest-range member
of the Dreamliner family.
The deal is valued at $2.53 billion
according to the current list price.
United began flying
the Dreamliner in 2012, using the 787-8 and 787-9 to serve intercontinental routes such as
Houston to Sydney and San Francisco to Singapore. The 787-9 can
fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers) and serve 290
passengers in a standard configuration.
787 Dreamliner has been so successful in the marketplace because
of great partners like United Airlines that have taken the
airplane's unrivaled performance to open new routes and offer
passengers a wonderful travel experience," said Ihssane Mounir,
senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The
Boeing Company. "It makes all of us very proud to have United
place a repeat order since its team has spent a lot of time with
the Dreamliner and knows what it can do."
United Airlines also ordered four 787-9s in July
and has now ordered a total of 64 Dreamliners.
Later this year, the
carrier is set to take delivery of the largest member of the
Dreamliner family, the 787-10, which can seat up to 330 passengers
in a standard configuration.
While the airplane is capable of
flying long distances with a range of 6,430 nautical miles, United
plans to debut its first 787-10 on premium
transcontinental routes in the U.S., boosting its coast-to-coast
schedules to offer passengers travelling between New York/Newark
and Los Angeles and San Francisco more flights and more premium