Another Dreamliner Delay May Ruin Plans to Fly One of United's 787s
This week might not be the best time to call United with a complaint, as the reservation agents have bigger, hurricane-sized problems with that pesky Sandy and all. However, once the travel craziness dies down a little bit youíre probably going to need to do a little flight reshuffling. Thatís because some of the earliest trips aboard one of Unitedís first domestic 787 flights won't be happening.
As you probably know, United is the first carrier in the US to score a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and theyíre getting ready to crack the champagne on its inaugural flight (this Friday, for special people, if all goes according to plan). However, due to some delays in the next delivery, the airline only has one of the planes right now. The very first regular passenger flights scheduled for November 4 are still good to go, but some of the domestic hub-to-hub flights will be happening with different airplanes, like 767s.
United is helping out passengers who were booking certain flights with the 787 specifically in mind, but itís not each and every flight and youíll have to call them up to get the full scoop. Obviously this is a bummer for those who had the 787 all lined up and ticketed, but at least the planes are still on schedule for delivery by the end of 2012 and our own booked, paid and ticketed United 787 flight in December is still looking good to go.
Deep breath now. United still expects to have five new 787s delivered by the end of the year. It's just the second one that's having a tiny hiccup.