IN BRIEF | United Airlines has reshuffled its Boeing 787 Dreamliner order, swapping seven Boeing 787-8s with the larger 787-10 variant.
That leaves just one Boeing 787-8 for delivery, with 26 787-9s planned to arrive from later this year: allowing the airline to kick start direct Dreamliner flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles from October, which moves to a daily flight from March next year.
A United Airlines spokeswoman confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "the flexibility of our fleet plan allows us to make conversions like these that help us manage our capital expenditures and put the right aircraft in place for our network."
As United’s Australian flights are pegged for the Boeing 787-9 – the middle-sized variant and the same aircraft Air New Zealand plans to launch into regular passenger service this weekend – the reshaped Dreamliner order doesn’t look to affect Australian routes.
All up, United now has 27 Boeing 787-10 aircraft on order, based on calculations by aviation industry website Flight Global.
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