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'Swoosh' Goes United's First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

July 9, 2012 at 1:40 PM | by | ()

YAY! Today, United Airlines unveiled the first rendering of what exactly their first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will look like when it's finally delivered in early fall.

The livery, pictured above and below, is the modern United look, but with the addition of a gold swooped cheatline inspired by Boeing's original Dreamliner paint scheme.

Suspense has been building for the livery ever since last fall, when we dropped by the 787 Assembly in Everett, WA and spotted United's Dreamliner fuselage making its way down the factory line. So, what do you think?

Personally, we like it way more than we thought we would. Compared to ANA's blaring the "787" on the side of their first few, United's gone for a sophisticated minimalism. Your average traveler won't notice anything different, because who really pays that much attention to plane paintjobs unless we're talking about the Olympics or, even better, Hello Kitty?

In this way, the gold swoosh on United's Dreamliner winks at those who know what they're looking at. It's like spotting a rare edition of a sportscar because you recognize the tweaked headlights. You feel smart and confident for picking up on the design hints.

Next year, we envision travelers standing at airport windows, nudging each other and asking "ooh, what plane is that?" Unless they're nudging an #avgeek however, the answer will most likely be "oh, a United something-or-other."

Above: our shot of the plane on the factory floor

[Images: United; Photo: Jaunted]

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