It seems that Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) will become a haven for the new B787-9 Dreamliners! United has revealed that a number of its new, B787-9s will be deployed to Houston to takeover existing routes currently flown by other equipment.
The transition to the United B787-9 begins in the fall:
eff 18AUG15 Houston – Rio de Janeiro 787-9 replaces CO 777-200ER
eff 24SEP15 Houston – Frankfurt 787-9 replaces 787-8 and other aircraft types
eff 25OCT15 Houston – Buenos Aires 787-9 replaces UA 767-300ER
eff 17DEC15 Houston – Amsterdam 787-9 replaces UA 777-200ER
eff 05JAN16 Houston – Santiago de Chile 787-9 replaces UA 767-300ER
eff 03MAR16 Houston – Tokyo Narita 787-9 replaces CO 777-200ER
This announcement comes on the heels of United announcing a change in its overall fleet strategy by replacing some future B787 orders with larger B777-300ER aircraft. Furthermore, the airline announced last month that it would be extending the life of its B767-300ER fleet, shifting some current B777-200s to domestic service, and substituting larger aircraft on many Transatlantic routes currently served by the B757-200. This announcement makes it more clear as to where those larger aircraft will come from.
So it seems by next Spring, IAH will be a mini Dreamliner hub — great news for Houston, as the Dreamliner is one of the more comfortable airplanes out there. I thoroughly enjoyed my United flights on the B787 Dreamliner though they were on the -8 variant instead of the larger 787-9.
My Dreamliner reviews can be found here:
- LAN Economy Class New York-JFK to Santiago (B787-8)
- LAN Economy Class Santiago to Sao Paulo (B787-8)
- United BusinessFirst Denver to
Tokyo-NaritaSeattle (Emergency Landing) (B787-8)
- United BusinessFirst Seattle to Tokyo-Narita (B787-8)
- United BusinessFirst Tokyo-Narita to Denver (B787-8)