Published on March 30th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


SMBC Delivers a Dreamliner to United

SMBC Aviation Capital has announced the delivery of a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to United Airlines. The aircraft was delivered from the Boeing facilities in Charleston, South Carolina to United’s base at Chicago O’Hare airport on 30th March. The aircraft was built last year and took its first flight on 20th October but has been in storage awaiting delivery. The aircraft didn’t make its second flight until the end of January and had a couple more pre-delivery flights in March using ‘Boeing’ callsigns. The official handover of N28987 (c/n 66146) with SMBC took place on Monday 29th March. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is fitted with two GE nx-1B74/75 engines. This is the first of two aircraft to be delivered to United as part of this deal. The second aircraft is currently scheduled to be delivered in April.

United Airlines this week has returned to operating at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) with direct services to the airlines West Coast hubs at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The airlines will use its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft which features 46 business class all-aisle-access seating, 22 Premium Plus seats and 99 in the economy section. The airline operates the most premium seats between the New York City area and Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. The carrier is back at JFK following a five-year hiatus and now offers service from all three major airports in the New York City area while Newark continues to be their main hub for the New York area.

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