United Airlines will place a Boeing 787-9 on its flights between Los Angeles International and Shanghai Pudong International airports in March 2015.
The 252-seat aircraft will replace a 219-seat 787-8 on the route four days per week with the remaining three days continuing to be operated on the smaller aircraft from 5 March 2015, confirms the Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier.
United will launch new nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, on the 787-9 – its first international route for the type – on 26 October. Domestic proving runs are planned prior to the beginning of international service.
The airline has said that the 787 allows it to better tailor capacity specifically to demand and open new routes in markets that are not viable with larger aircraft, for example its new flight between Chengdu and San Francisco.
American Airlines and China Eastern Airlines also operate the Los Angeles-Shanghai Pudong route, however, neither operates the 787 in the market, Innovata schedules show.