United Airlines anticipates the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 towards the end of the second quarter, says chief revenue officer Jim Compton.
The delivery of the first and second aircraft will allow the Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier to launch its new nonstop service between Los Angeles International and Melbourne International airports with the 787-9 on 26 October.
The timeframe that Compton outlines at the JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrials conference in New York today fits the 15 September 2014 delivery date in Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database.
United anticipates taking delivery of three 787-9s in 2014 and has a firm order for 26 of the type.
Air New Zealand, the launch customer of the 787-9, will receive its first aircraft in July 2014, according to Ascend.
United also operates nine 787-8s and anticipates two more deliveries of the smaller variant this year, Ascend shows.