Wednesday, December 21, 2016

United Takes Delivery of its First 777-300ER


United has received its first 777-300ER aircraft from Boeing. The 777-300ER will operate domestic flights between San Francisco and Newark beginning on February 16th before replacing one of United's outgoing 747-400 aircraft on the SFO-Hong Kong route beginning on March 25th.  

United's new 777-300ER holds 366 passengers in a three class configuration with 60 seats in United's new Polaris business class, 102 seats in United's Economy Plus, and 204 seats in economy class. United has 13 more 777-300ER aircraft on order.  

The 777-300ER is part of United's long haul fleet renewal plan.  United plans to retire all 20 of its iconic 747-400s by 2018. The 777-300ER, which holds 366 passengers compared to the 747-400's 374, is a more than adequate replacement for the outgoing 747-400, especially when cost savings are taken into account.  

United is currently in the midst of shifting many of its smaller 777-200 aircraft from international to domestic flying.  United will also begin receiving the first of its 10-aircraft order for the A350-1000 in 2018. 

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