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United Has a 787-9 Too, and It's Nearly Ready to Be Shown Off

April 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | ()

They’ve been working overtime up at the Boeing factory just outside of Seattle, as a few new Boeing 787-9s have been rolling off the assembly line. As we saw with Air New Zealand just last week, these planes are slightly longer Dreamliners, the latest type of next generation aircraft.

United also has a few of these on order, and their very first plane just appeared outside of the hangar for a sneak peek the other day. This is the airplane that’s scheduled to begin service on United's new nonstop route between Los Angeles and Melbourne—the one in Australia—a little later this year.

The United 787-9 has room for about 30 more seats than the original-flavor 787, and will be able to fly 300 nautical miles farther than its smaller sibling. United may be the launch customer for the jet in North America, but so far the image above is all the hubbub United's advanced.

So, if you were lucky enough to grab one of the award seats aboard this plane—or just bought some airfare the old-fashioned way—this will be the aircraft to wing you Down Under.

And, just so you know what you’re in for, the plane is arranged for 252 passengers; there will be 48 of them up front in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, with 88 of the latter scoring a few extra inches as "Economy Plus."

[Photo: United]

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