United launches Boeing Dreamliner

Inaugural flight left Houston Sunday morning

HOUSTON - United Airlines first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Houston has taken off to Chicago.

The 219-seat plane took flight from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport at 7:32 a.m. Sunday, landing at Chicago's O'Hare International at 9:38 a.m.

Both United and Boeing are based in Chicago.

United President and CEO Jeff Smisek spoke to passengers and media waiting to board the flight.

"We're the world's largest airline but we don't care about that," Smisek said. "We want to be the world's leading airline. If you want to be the world's leading airline, you need to have the world's leading airplane and we have that today with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner."

The fuel-efficient Dreamliner is the first mid-sized plane capable of flying big-jet distances, making it possible - and profitable - for airlines to offer a plethora of new, non-stop routes.
It's equipped with a host of features designed to raise the bar on the flying experience. And anyone who's flown recently can tell you that bar needs raising.

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