DENVER – Boeing’s much lauded 787 Dreamliner paid a visit to Denver International Airport Thursday as part of a promotion for the city’s soon coming nonstop route to Tokyo.
United Airlines will operate the Dreamliner out of DIA on select routes to Houston beginning Dec. 5 and on all direct flights to Tokyo when that route launches in March.
United gave a sneak peak of their fuel-efficient plane to the news media and company employees.
City leaders have lauded the Dreamliner as the key to opening nonstop flights to Asia and the potential economic benefits that brings.
United says the 787 — the airline has ordered 50 — will “revolutionize the flying experience for our customers and crew while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions.”
The Dreamliner saves airlines money on fuel because its body is made from lightweight composite materials. It features passenger comforts such as bigger windows, larger overhead bins and better ventilation.
In September 2011, Japan’s All Nippon Airways became the first carrier to receive the plane, which was three years overdue at that time.
Because of unexpected delivery delays, during November and December some domestic flights originally scheduled to use the 787 will operate with a different aircraft type, United said.
United says its Dreamliners will include 36 first-class seats, 70 premium-economy seats and 111 economy seats.