The big picture: United’s Dreamliner exits paint hangar

United’s first B787 Dreamliner rolled out of the paint hangar at Boeing’s Everett facility in Washington early this morning, revealing the carrier’s new livery, complete with its golden ‘swoop’ (see online news July 10).

The event was broadcast live online at, with a pre-show featuring United’s signature theme, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Business Traveller captured the images below during the event.

United is scheduled to take delivery of its first Dreamliner in September, before putting it into service on as-yet-undisclosed routes this autumn.

The carrier has confirmed its new route between Denver and Tokyo will be served with the B787 when it launches in spring 2013.

United’s first Dreamliner aircraft will be configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in Economy Plus and 111 seats in economy. The carrier has recently installed a full-flight simulator at its Houston hub and is training pilots to operate the aircraft.

For more information visit, and for our comprehensive guide to the Dreamliner, with details and images of current and forthcoming B787 operators, click here.

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