Everett, Washington (USA Today) -- For the first time ever, there's a Dreamliner in the fleet of a U.S. airline.
That became official over the weekend, when United Airlines officially took ownership of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. United had previously shown off the jet during a public unveiling last month, but the aircraft was officially handed over to the airline until Saturday.
Next up for United's first Dreamliner is a delivery flight from Boeing Field in Seattle to United's hub at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, which will be the airline's main base and maintenance facility for its Dreamliner fleet.
"As the North American launch customer, we are delighted to be getting our first 787 Dreamliner," United CEO Jeff Smisek says in a release. "As we continue to build the world's leading airline, we are excited for our customers and co-workers to experience this game-changing aircraft."
The aircraft is the first of five new Dreamliners the airline expects to receive this year from its total order for 50 of the aircraft.
United says its first Dreamliner is expected to arrive in Houston later this week to begin a month-long training and certification program. United says that will include non-commercial flights to several of its domestic hubs.
As United's first Dreamliners are introduced to its fleet, they will be based at the carrier's Houston hub and will enter into previously announced domestic service in November and international service in December. United is planning to operate its inaugural 787 commercial flight from Houston to Chicago Nov. 4 at 7:25 a.m. CT.
United's Dreamliners will be configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in coach.