It's actually been quite the quiet affair, this delivery, despite all the lead-up United did with infographics, the big livery unveil and pre-delivery frequent flyer tours. We assume the airline is just triple-checking things, flipping switches and kicking tires to be absolutely sure this is the aircraft they hoped for. Then, on November 4, the 787 is due to be gradually placed on as-yet-unannounced domestic routes from United hubs to ease it into service before kicking into scheduled trips between LA and Tokyo and Denver and Tokyo in January 2013.
So, yay! The United States finally has one of its very US-built 787s! Finally.
[Photo & video: United; statistic snapshot: FlightAware]