United receives 787 certification

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United Airlines has completed US Federal Aviation Administration certification for its Boeing 787-8 aircraft, allowing it to begin passenger revenue flights on 4 November.

The Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier says that its first 787 (N20904) flew more than 100 flight hours and was tested for various situations, including diversions and mechanical issues.

"Many people from across the company put in a lot of work to help us induct and prepare to operate the 787, and I'm proud to share this important day with all of them," says Jeff Smisek, chief executive of United.

United received its second 787 from Boeing on 31 October, according to an employee bulletin.

The aircraft will operate between Houston Intercontinental and first Chicago O'Hare and then Los Angeles on 4 November. International flights between Houston and Amsterdam begin 4 December.