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United’s 787 makes first revenue flight from Houston to Chicago


Passengers on United’s first flight of its new Boeing 787 gave high marks to the airline and the aircraft on Sunday. The flight from Houston to Chicago is one of several new routes the airline will fly with its new 787s in the next two months as it breaks in the aircraft on domestic segments. The 787 has the potential to improve United’s reputation in a year when it struggled to integrate its systems with Continental Airlines, causing headaches for many travelers. Sunday’s flight went smoothly, with passengers happy about the plane’s quiet ride, larger windows, better seatback entertainment options and higher cabin ceilings, among other improvements. United stands to save lots of money on fuel as it eventually phases out older aircraft with the 787. While several foreign carriers have been flying the 787 for about a year, United is the first U.S. airline to receive the new plane.