First United 777 With New Livery Takes Inaugural Flight

United Airlines’ livery overhaul is moving forward at quite a pace. Since the livery was officially announced back in April, aircraft of all shapes and sizes have been spotted wearing the new colors. Today, the first Boeing 777 for the airline has been seen with the new livery all finished: a brand new aircraft due to be delivered to United in around half an hour.

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The latest plane to get the United makeover is a brand new Boeing 777 (pictured is a 767 tail). Photo: United

New plane, new look

We’ve been watching with excitement as each new United Airlines aircraft appears sporting that stunning new livery. Today, United are receiving their very first Boeing 777 sporting the new look. Registration N2749U is being delivered, brand new, to United Airlines later today, as first reported by stalwart spotter Katie Bailey.

N2749U is not any old Boeing 777. This is a brand new, fresh out of the factory Boeing 777 which will be delivered to United Airlines later today. The delivery flight is scheduled to take place in around 30 minutes, flying from Everett to San Francisco as flight number UA2706.

While it’s not a huge stretch away from the original livery, the subtle changes are enough to bring it bang up to date. Gone is the trademark gold, something leftover from the days of the United-Continental merger, and the blue has taken on a deeper, more opulent hue.

The new livery is rolling out

The first widebody to be painted with the new livery was a Boeing 767-300ER, which was revealed to the world last month. N767UA was put onto routes between the US and Sao Paulo, although there have been some spots in other locations too.

And it’s not just the big planes that have been getting a makeover either. Earlier today, a United Express ERJ was spotted flying the new look, and while it looks pretty nice, we don’t think it’s a patch on the way it looks on the widebodies.

There have been a number of United Airlines’ brand new Dreamliners in construction at North Charleston which have been getting the new look livery. However, this is the first 777 to be seen sporting the new colors, and we have to say, it really suits the big plane.

One aircraft model that has not yet been spotted in the new livery, however, is the old faithful Boeing 757. With United’s recent order of the A321XLR, the days for these classic aircraft are very much numbered. With retirement approaching in just a few years, you have to wonder whether they’ll be getting the new look at all.