Back in May, Continental announced plans to begin non-stop service between Houston and Auckland in November 2011 on one their newly-delivered 787-8 aircraft.
But if you’ve been reading the news lately, you know that Boeing has, well, run into a few (more) problems with their 787 program. While a 777 or 747 can handle the IAH-AKL route, the bean counters have determined that those aircraft are a bit too large to be profitable so UA is scrapping the route until "sometime in 2012."
United was scheduled to take delivery of eight 787s between August and September next year, but with the problems Boeing continues to experience with the new aircraft, I doubt UA is going to take delivery of their new planes before the Mayan calendar ends.
United’s new Houston to Lagos, Nigeria route was also scheduled to feature the 787 but that route will get the 777 for now.
You’re three years late, Boeing. This is really getting old..