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UA (CO) First 787 Rolls out of the Boeing Factory

UA (CO) First 787 Rolls out of the Boeing Factory

Old Oct 13, 11, 11:13 am
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UA (CO) First 787 Rolls out of the Boeing Factory

Just received the following news alert. Sounds like this is one that CO ordered.

United Airlines' First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Rolls Out of Factory

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

United Airlines today announced that Boeing completed the final assembly of the airline's first 787 Dreamliner Wednesday evening, finishing the first major step in the aircraft's production. United will be the first North American carrier to take a 787 delivery, with plans to introduce the first of 50 Dreamliners into revenue service in 2012.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111013/CG85995-a)

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111013/CG85995-b)

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111013/CG85995-c)

While in final assembly, the aircraft moved through four factory positions, including the final aircraft body join, landing gear installation, weight-on-wheels testing and installation of interior components and systems. Over the next several months, the aircraft will move to the next phase of completion, which includes final cabin configuration, installation of engines and painting.

Boeing will configure United's first 787 with 36 seats in BusinessFirst, 63 seats in Economy Plus and 120 seats in Economy. The aircraft's use of light-weight composites, together with more electric systems, modern engines and improved aerodynamic design, allows it to fly farther, faster and more efficiently. Customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.

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Old Oct 13, 11, 2:07 pm
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Great new planes are always nice. I wish they would all have 3 cabin config, but oh well, glad to see progress and can't wait to fly in one of these (although we all will have to be patient).
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Old Oct 13, 11, 3:47 pm
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78 Lands at SRQ Tonight

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http://www.heraldtribune.com/article...at-SRQ-tonight

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Old Oct 13, 11, 3:55 pm
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I'd be a lot happier about this if I didn't know they'd decided at the last minute to pack in nine abreast in 17" wide seats.

Which, honestly, isn't too bad for a short hop. But for a plane whose main role will be flying fifteen hours at a stretch, I have to say "yeech".

This cabin altitude slash humidity thing had better be good...
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Old Oct 13, 11, 4:18 pm
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And although it rolled out, not expected to be delivered until the 2H of 2012.
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Old Oct 13, 11, 6:14 pm
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And although it rolled out, not expected to be delivered until the 2H of 2012.
No engines mounted on it yet. That usually happens in the main assembly line IIRC. But the other pieces are on schedule at this point and Boeing has to keep building the planes or they'll never reach their delivery targets.
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Old Oct 13, 11, 8:17 pm
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Boeing has to keep building the planes or they'll never reach their delivery targets.
Weren't the delivery targets shot years ago?
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Old Oct 13, 11, 8:52 pm
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Weren't the delivery targets shot years ago?
Indeed

Methinks sbm12 is referring to the lastest, newly revised targets ...

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Old Oct 13, 11, 8:58 pm
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Come on UA...at least have E+ 8-abreast. 9 is too tight for 15 hours.
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Old Oct 13, 11, 9:03 pm
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Originally Posted by JFKflyer26 View Post
Come on UA...at least have E+ 8-abreast. 9 is too tight for 15 hours.
That seems logical, but I've flown EK's 777, and that was ten abreast. Had to look out the window to make sure we only had one engine on each side.

But lived to tell about it - granted it was a short hop, but it was completerly full. Ya, got the last standby for earlier HKG-BKK flight, and the midnight departure was delayed by a few hours

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Old Oct 13, 11, 9:03 pm
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Come on UA...at least have E+ 8-abreast. 9 is too tight for 15 hours.
Not gonna happen. The seat map is pretty much set. It will look more or less like this:

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Old Oct 13, 11, 9:09 pm
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Originally Posted by sbm12 View Post
No engines mounted on it yet. That usually happens in the main assembly line IIRC. But the other pieces are on schedule at this point and Boeing has to keep building the planes or they'll never reach their delivery targets.
It can glide, right?
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for a long haul planes not many bathrooms in Y
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Old Oct 13, 11, 9:28 pm
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for a long haul planes not many bathrooms in Y
It is comparable to the UA 763 and has more lavs per person than the UA 772. The CO 76H and 772 have a higher lavax ratio by a bit.
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Interesting that it has CO's seating configuration. Would be nice if it had like 8-10 F suites

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The CO 76H and 772 have a higher lavax ratio by a bit.
As long as they are all working

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