United Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner from Boeing’s North Charleston site on Monday.
United is the first North American airline, and the second airline globally, to take delivery of a 787-10. The airline ordered 14 787-10 jets total.
The dash-10 is the newest and largest of the three Dreamliner derivatives and the only one made solely in South Carolina. Boeing began producing the dash-10s in 2016 and delivered the first one to Singapore Airlines in March.
Boeing has secured 171 orders for the new Dreamliner from 11 airlines thus far, according to the company’s orders and deliveries website. Seven of those jets have been delivered, with six going to Singapore Airlines and this latest one going to United.
United’s 787-10s will have 44 business class seats, 21 premium plus seats, 54 economy plus seats and 199 standard economy seats. The airplanes also will have lighting patterns that mimic the sunrise and sunset to help travelers adjust better to new time zones.
The aircraft is expected to enter service on Jan. 7, flying between United’s hubs in Los Angeles and Newark, N.J.
“With the new 787-10, United will fly the most fuel-efficient wide-body jet in commercial aviation today,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing’s senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing. “The larger airplane comes with more seats, more cargo capacity and the same Dreamliner comforts that passengers prefer.”s