CHICAGO, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines today congratulated Boeing on the successful first test flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
"The Dreamliner is going to be a tremendous addition to our fleet, providing our customers with a better travel experience in the cabin and new technology that reduces our impact on the environment, increases fuel efficiency and provides cost savings," said John Tague, president of United Airlines. "This is a great day, and we congratulate Boeing on the success of the test flight and look forward to our continued partnership with them and continued success as they bring the aircraft online."
United recently announced it was purchasing 50 next-generation widebody aircraft, including 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
United last took delivery of aircraft in 2002, and last ordered aircraft in 1998.
United Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UAL Corporation (Nasdaq: UAUA), operates approximately 3,300* flights a day on United and United Express to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 1,071 destinations in 171 countries worldwide. United's 47,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at united.com.
*Based on United's forward-looking flight schedule for October 2009 to October 2010.
SOURCE United Airlines