United Airlines will concentrate more Boeing 787 Dreamliners at Chicago O’Hare next year.
In August, United announced the 787 was finally coming to Chicago, United’s home base. That included service to:
- Brussels (starting on March 28, 2020)
- Frankfurt (starting on March 28, 2020)
- Munich (starting on March 28, 2020)
In 2020, United will add the 787 to routes from Chicago to:
- Shanghai (starting in mid-May 2020)
- Beijing (starting in mid-June 2020)
- Sao Paulo (starting in autumn 2020)
- Tokyo Haneda (starting in autumn 2020)
The 787 will replace 777-200ERs or 767-300s currently operating all above routes. As of yet, the 787 does not show on any of the seven routes above and it is not clear which routes will receive 787-8s, 787-9s, or 787-10s.
United is the process of retrofitting its 787-8s and 787-9s to include its latest Polaris business class hard product, offering direct aisle access from every seat.
Eventually, United plans to operate longhaul service using 787s and 767s from Chicago O’Hare. United recently announced new service from Chicago to Zurich and the upgrade of its three daily London Heathrow flights to premium-heavy 767s with 46 seats in Polaris business class.
United will operate 48 Dreamliners by the end of 2019 and will take delivery of 15 more in 2020. For premium customers, the arrival of 787s into Chicago may seem like a downgrade until the Polaris retrofit is complete. Even so, the noticeable pressurization differences between the 787 and older Boeing aircraft will help more Chicago customers fight jetlag.
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