United to deploy B787-9 to Singapore on seasonal basis

23 Dec 2015 by Clement Huang

United Airlines will bring its new B787-9 to Singapore early next year, as part of a seasonal change to its existing services to the Lion City.

With effect from March 27 to June 1, 2016, passengers flying with United on its daily service between Tokyo Narita and Singapore will be able to travel on the airline’s brand-new Dreamliner aircraft.

However, seat capacity will fall during that period; like the incumbent B777-2000ER, the B787-9 features a two-class configuration, but only offers 48 seats in business and 204 in economy – of which 88 have been designated as economy plus with extended seat pitch.

Business First on the B787-9

To compare, the B777-200ER has 50 seats in business and 217 in economy, with 72 of those being economy plus seats. Despite the capacity downgrade, the B787-9 offers significantly superior passenger comfort, from larger windows and higher air humidity at altitude to quieter cabins.

Service times will not change. Flight UA803 departs Tokyo-Narita daily at 1755 and arrives in Singapore at 0010 the following day. The return service on flight UA804 will then take off from Singapore at 0610 before touching down in Tokyo at 1420.

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Clement Huang

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