United Airlines To Fly To Auckland With The Boeing 787-10

United Airlines is set to fly one of their Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners all the way to New Zealand, replacing the older Boeing 777-300ER that currently flies on the route. Being a long-haul destination, the news that the journey will now be completed by a newer and far more comfortable Boeing 787-10 is exciting for United fans.

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A United 787-10. Photo: United

What are the details?

United has made moves to replace its Boeing 777-300ER with a new Boeing 787-10 on its long-haul San Fransisco to Auckland, New Zealand route.

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The route is currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. Photo: GCmaps

United is actually the only US airline to use the Boeing 787-10, and likely the only airline to operate this particular aircraft to New Zealand. According to Points From The Pacific, the current Boeing 777-300ER is “very well-filled”. With 60 business class seats, 24 premium economy and 266 economy seats, the 777-300ER actually fits more passengers than the slightly smaller 787-10.

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The seat map of the United 777-300ER. Photo: United

In comparison, the 787-10 fits 44 business class seats, 21 premium economy, and 253 economy passengers. The economy cabin is also only nine across compared to 10 on the 777-300ER.

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The seat map of a United 787-10. Photo: United

Why United has reduced capacity on this route is unknown, but if the 777-300ER is regularly filled then it is likely that the fares could increase on this route. It is also a bit concerning that they reduced the business class cabin as this would mean less award availability.

You can see how the 777-300ER compares to the 787 here. The route will operate by a 787-10 once a day from December 3rd, 2019, as initially reported by Routes Online.

What is like onboard the United 787-10?

The upgrade to the 787-10 will come with new features that you would expect with a new generation aircraft, such as bigger windows (and that very unique tinting instead of shades that the 787 uses) better cabin humidity and quieter engines.

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The economy cabin of the United 787-10. Photo: United

Both the 777-300ER and the new 787-10 featured United’s Polaris business class product, so those used to flying on the route in this cabin might not expect anything new to the table, but should be reassured by the consistent product.

If you haven’t flown with United in their Polaris cabin, this is what you can expect: A seat designed for sleep with 180 degrees flatbed that extends to 6 feet and 6 inches (78 inches of the pitch when in seat mode), plus a 16-inch screen and an insane amount of bedding designed by Saks Fifth Avenue (two pillows, bed sheet, light sheet, and duvet). Each seat has direct aisle access, although every second row has far more privacy and is closer to windows thanks to an offset layout.

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The amount of bedding for each business class customer. Photo: United

“United Polaris will change the game in international business travel with an exceptional level of relaxation and comfort throughout our customers’ journeys,” said Oscar Munoz, president, and CEO of United back when the product was first launched. “This completely reconceived experience exemplifies the new spirit of United and the innovation, excitement and operational momentum across our airline.”

The schedule information in this article was originally published by Routes Online.

What do you think? Is this a good swap for the aircraft? let us know in the comments.

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Greg

The United 787-10 really isn’t “far more comfortable” than the 777-300. Yes, the windows are bigger, and the cabin altitude is a bit lower, but having flown both of them a number of times, they’re broadly equivalent (especially if you’re sitting in economy).

Smokerr

It should be noted that the 787 is narrower and the 9 across is a dense pack vs the 8 across it was enthused about d as having originally.

DRS

I see this as UAL BS. The 787 fuselage is relatively narrow, so that the seats are narrow as well. Two adults seated next to each other will brush shoulders the whole way, which is *really* uncomfortable as you try to sleep. The 777 has reasonable seats. I’ve flown on UA’s 787s and the people in the aisle seats are leaning out in the aisle as they sleep to avoid this. I’ll take a 777 or 767 any day. It’s not *just* leg room.

Roy Mercer

Oh dear…another “Dreamliner” (silly Hollywood moniker that ain’t).

rob

I believe that they were having trouble filling it. I am flying before the switch. It wasn’t looking overpacked.