Biggest Dreamliner: United Airlines now flying Boeing's 787-10




United Airlines' newest aircraft type - the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner - is now in service at the carrier.

United Flight 2418 marked United's official debut of its "Dash 10," departing from Los Angeles at 8:49 a.m. local time (11:49 a.m. ET) on Monday morning en route to Newark, New Jersey. Though United touted the flight as the 787-10's "entry into scheduled service," the airline has quietly subbed the 787-10 onto some flights in recent weeks ahead of the formal debut.

Now, United will roll the 787-10 onto more of its existing flights that already connect the carrier's hubs at Newark Liberty and Los Angeles. In addition to the LAX-Newark flights that begin today, United's 787-10s will begin to pick up some of its Newark-San Francisco flights starting in February.

The 787-10s expand to international service in March, when United adds the jet to routes from Newark to the European cities of Frankfurt, Germany; Paris Charles de Gaulle; Barcelona, Spain; Brussels and Dublin. United also will fly the jet between Newark and Tel Aviv, Israel.

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The 787-10 is the newest and biggest version yet of Boeing's Dreamliner. Essentially a stretched version of the smaller 787-8 and 787-9 variants, the 787-10 is 18 feet longer than the 787-9.

United, which already had the other two variants in its fleet, is now the only carrier in the world to be flying all three versions of the Boeing Dreamliner.

United touted its new 787-10 in a statement, saying that its addition "continues United's comprehensive fleet plan, while providing an improved experience for customers. The aircraft is United's first Dreamliner model delivered with the airline's signature Polaris business class seats, and new United Premium Plus seats."

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The 787-10 is the newest airplane variant to be rolled out from Boeing, which delivered its first one just this past March to launch customer Singapore Airlines.

United is the first North American airline to both receive and put the 787-10 into passenger service.

United's 787-10s seat 318 passengers. Included in that configuration are 44 of United's new "Polaris" lie-flat business-class seats and 21 international-style "Premium Plus" premium economy seats, United's newest class of service that debuted in 2018. It's not yet widely rolled out to United's fleet, but is being installed on all 14 787-10s that United has ordered.

Completing United's 787-10 layout are 54 extra-legroom Economy Plus seats and 199 in standard coach.

By comparison, United's 787-8s seat 219 passengers and its 787-9s seat 252.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Biggest Dreamliner: United Airlines now flying Boeing's 787-10

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