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United Airlines has been aggressively upgrading their fleet of aircraft and lounges over the past several years. This has been done through the introduction of Polaris seats on all 777-300s, some 767-300s, some 777-200s, and, soon to be, 787-10s. While the entire retrofit is behind schedule, I am happy to see United making significant progress.
Yesterday, the company announced that it would begin operating Boeing 787-10s on select transcontinental routes. The first route to get the new aircraft will be Newark-Los Angeles route on January 7, 2019. The Newark-San Francisco route will follow sometime in mid-February.
Welcome to transcon, 787-10.
— United Airlines (@united) October 1, 2018
I do not know if this a temporary move to work out any issues with the aircraft or United is looking to replace the 757-200s that currently operate a majority of the routes. Either way, I am excited to try the new aircraft on this. I flew the 757-200 on the San Francisco-Newark route. It was not bad, but the 787-10 represents a huge upgrade.
A one way ticket in business class for the inaugural flight on January 7, 2019 is $659. I find this to be a pretty good deal for the flight. With a $200 voucher in hand from my Tampa trip, I will try to get on one of the earlier flights.
Is anyone else excited for this new airplane?
featured image courtesy of United Airlines