United expects first 787-9 by end of Q2

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United Airlines anticipates the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 towards the end of the second quarter, says chief revenue officer Jim Compton.

The delivery of the first and second aircraft will allow the Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier to launch its new nonstop service between Los Angeles International and Melbourne International airports with the 787-9 on 26 October.

The timeframe that Compton outlines at the JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrials conference in New York today fits the 15 September 2014 delivery date in Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database.

United anticipates taking delivery of three 787-9s in 2014 and has a firm order for 26 of the type.

Air New Zealand, the launch customer of the 787-9, will receive its first aircraft in July 2014, according to Ascend.

United also operates nine 787-8s and anticipates two more deliveries of the smaller variant this year, Ascend shows.