United’s 787 rolls off of the assembly line

We’re warmly looking forward to the launch of the first domestic 787 product in the United States, United Airlines’ service between Houston and Auckland.

With Japan based – All Nippon Airways as the launch partner for Boeing‘s new jumbo jet, however, we have to patiently wait our turn.

The good news, however, is that construction is still on time for a 2012 delivery. Pictured above (click for a massive, full resolution image) is United’s new aircraft that will be making the route, still covered with accouterments from the factory floor. Next steps include engine installation, paint and a full spectrum of tests.

Product launch is expected for the latter half of 2012. We’ll keep you updated on the progress.