United launches first 787 Dreamliner
HOUSTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Jeff Smisek, the head of United Airlines, said the company put itself in an industry-leading position as it launched its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight.
"If you want to be the world's leading airline, you need to have the world's leading airplane and we have that today in the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner," the company's president and chief executive officer said.
Smisek was on hand to watch the company's inaugural flight for the 219-seat passenger plane that is small on seats by jumbo-jet standards, but is expected to create new opportunities for airlines, due to its fuel efficiency.
With a fuselage, tail and wings of a composite material including light carbon fibers, the 787 Dreamliner is expected to burn 20 percent less fuel and make it possible for airlines to fly long-distance flights on routes that previously required jumbo jets to make them profitable, The Houston Chronicle reported Monday.
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