United is to operate its Dreamliner aircraft on the Houston-London Heathrow route “on a temporary basis” from February 4 next year, and has confirmed B787 services to Tokyo, Lagos and Shanghai.
The carrier is set to take delivery of its first Boeing Dreamliner in late September, and will initially use it on domestic routes, details of which will be announced “in the near future”.
It will then place the aircraft on regular international flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo Narita from January 3, 2013, and between LA and Shanghai from March 30.
The aircraft will also be used on flights between Houston and Lagos from January 7, and between Denver and Tokyo Narita from March 31.
The carrier has also confirmed that its Dreamliner will operate on flights from Houston to both Amsterdam and London Heathrow “on a temporary basis”. The Amsterdam B787 service will begin on December 4, while Heathrow will see the Dreamliner from Feb 4.
Tickets for these services will be available for purchase from August 25 (the Denver-Tokyo B787 service is already on sale).
Qatar Airways is scheduled to be the first carrier to fly the Dreamliner on regular scheduled flights into London later this year, although it has yet to confirm exact dates for the launch of this service.
Report by Mark Caswell