United Airlines will fly its Boeing 787-8s to Amsterdam, Lagos, London Heathrow, Shanghai and Tokyo Narita beginning 4 December.

The Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier will fly its 787s between Houston Intercontinental and Amsterdam daily from 4 December to 29 March 2013, Los Angeles and Tokyo daily from 3 January 2013, Houston and Lagos five-times per week from 7 January 2013, Houston and London daily from 4 February 2013 to 29 March 2013, and Los Angeles and Shanghai daily from 30 March 2013, according to an employee bulletin today. It operates all of the routes on other aircraft currently.

The airline will begin previously announced daily service between Denver and Tokyo on 31 March 2013.

"The 787 is the right aircraft for these routes because of its many passenger-friendly amenities and superior operating economics," says Greg Hart, senior vice president of network at United, in the bulletin.

United says that it will fly the 787 within the USA before international flights begin, in the bulletin.

The airline has 50 787-8s on order with delivery of the first (N20904) due before the end of September. Boeing will deliver six of the type to United by the end of the year, according to the Flightglobal Ascend database.

The first test flight of United's first 787 occurred on 19 August.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news