United outlines initial domestic 787 operations

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United Airlines will operate its new Boeing 787-8s on routes between Houston Intercontinental and its domestic hubs from 4 November.

The Chicago-based carrier will fly the aircraft roundtrip from Houston to Newark daily from 4 November to 3 January 2013 except for 18 November, San Francisco five-times a week from 4 November to 2 December and daily from 3 December to 3 January 2013, Chicago O'Hare six-times a week from 4 November to 3 December and daily from 4 January 2013 to 29 March 2013, Los Angeles six-times a week from 4 November to 3 December and daily from 4 December to 31 March 2013, and Denver daily from 5 December to 2 January 2013 and then from 31 March 2013 on, according to an employee bulletin on 29 August.

United will fly one-time roundtrips from Intercontinental to Washington Dulles and Cleveland on 10 November and 17 November, respectively.

The airline will receive five 787-8s from Boeing by the end of 2012, according to the bulletin. They will be delivered one in late September (N20904), one in October, two in November and one in December.

United will operate temporary international flights on the 787 between Houston and Amsterdam daily from 4 December to 29 March 2013, and Houston and London Heathrow daily from 4 February 2013 to 29 March 2013. The aircraft will permanently fly between Los Angeles and Tokyo daily from 3 January 2013, Houston and Lagos five-days per week from 7 January 2013, Los Angeles and Shanghai from 30 March 2013, and Denver and Tokyo Narita from 31 March 2013.

The carrier has 50 787-8s on order from Boeing.