Live Blog: Onboard United Airlines 787 Launch

It’s an historic day in Houston as United Airlines prepares to launch service on the 787 Dreamliner. Though plans were set back slightly by the delivery schedule at Boeing, one inaugural 787 will make the flight from Houston to Chicago to Houston to Los Angeles this fourth of November, ferrying passengers in the country’s first commercially operated, domestic Dreamliner flight.

This isn’t first time that America has seen the 787. Several carriers including ANA and JAL have operated flights from their respective home countries to the United States, but none have operated commercial flights within the country, and none have been on an American carrier. With this flight, United becomes the first domestic operator of the long awaited Dreamliner.

United plans to fly the 787 on domestic routes for the next month to get the country acclimated and then shift routes internationally.

Follow along as Gadling labs joins the United crew in welcoming the 787 to American skies. We’ll be live blogging the event in Houston as well as the arrival ceremonies in Chicago. Sadly, there isn’t internet service on this composite aircraft, but we’ll keep you updated as connectivity permits.

Update, 10:37AM: Our coverage of United’s inaugural 787 is wrapped up. Check back later for more details on the Dreamliner!

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10:36AM That’s a wrap for us! Check out a gallery of images in the article above and make sure to check back regularly for updates!

10:30AM Just docked into the United Red Carpet Club to upload the last batch of videos. What an exhausting morning.

10:30AM Here’s our favorite shot from the flight

Midflight video:

10:21AM Water cannon salute!

10:04AM Jim Starling, 787 pilot: “This aircraft is revolutionary.”

10:02AM Jeff Smisek “All I can say is ‘Wow. It’s a dream come true’”

10:00AM Press conference beginning in O’Hare

9:50AM Wheels down in ORD!

7:05AM Buttoning up for pushback. We won’t be updating in the air but we’ll connect again in O’Hare. Arrival is at 9:50AM local!

6:56AM Media bonanza during boarding. We may yet cause this flight to be delayed.

6:52AM Here’s Captain Michael Barksdale. He’ll be in charge of the flight(s) tomorrow.

6:48AM Commence boarding!

6:32AM Ribbon cutting!

6:28AM Jeff: “If you want to have the world’s leading airline, you want to have the world’s leading airplane. And that’s the 787 Dreamliner”

6:27AM Jeff “This is a very exciting day for United Airlines… We’re the worlds largest airline but we don’t care about that. We want to be the world’s leading airline”

6:26AM Opening remarks beginning.

6:26AM Jeff Smisek (CEO) up on the podium with the inaugural 787 flight crew.

6:20AM Economy class configuration. Looking good!

6:17AM We’re checked in at gate E5 for the launch festivities!

6:12AM

It’s an historic day in Houston as United Airlines prepares to launch service on the 787 Dreamliner. Though plans were set back slightly by the delivery schedule at Boeing, one inaugural 787 will make the flight from Houston to Chicago to Houston to Los Angeles this fourth of November, ferrying passengers in the country’s first commercially operated, domestic Dreamliner flight.

This isn’t first time that America has seen the 787. Several carriers including ANA and JAL have operated flights from their respective home countries to the United States, but none have operated commercial flights within the country, and none have been on an American carrier. With this flight, United becomes the first domestic operator of the long awaited Dreamliner.

United plans to fly the 787 on domestic routes for the next month to get the country acclimated and then shift routes internationally.

Follow along as Gadling labs joins the United crew in welcoming the 787 to American skies. We’ll be live blogging the event in Houston as well as the arrival ceremonies in Chicago. Sadly, there isn’t internet service on this composite aircraft, but we’ll keep you updated as connectivity permits.