United’s first Boeing 777-300ER will begin regularly scheduled service in February 2017. The aircraft features United’s new onboard Polaris product and seating configuration.
With the flight schedules updating tomorrow, United will debut the extended 777 between Newark and San Francisco on a six day per week roundtrip basis. These domestic flights will operate between Feb. 16 and May 4.
Furthermore, the carrier expects to begin international service with the new aircraft between San Francisco and Hong Kong on March 25. The aircraft will be replacing the Boeing 747-400 currently being operated on the route.
The airline expects all 14 777-300ER aircraft to be in service by the end of 2017.
The first aircraft is currently completing flight testing in Everett and will be registered as N2331U. A source familiar with the 777-300ER says that it will be delivered to United in a few weeks, however this has not been confirmed by the airline.
In addition, N2331U completed its C1 (Customer) flight on Wednesday.
For those interested in booking a ride onboard the new airplane, the airline will be loading the schedule change tonight with seats being made available on Saturday.
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