|Quoting tpaewr (Reply 1):|
Since it is a CO 787, and will be flown by PMCO crew, *if* the past was any guide EWR-MCO or IAH-LAX would be good bets. But now-a-days it could be IAH-ORD just the same
|Quoting UA933 (Reply 9):|
I was under the impression that PMCO does not exist any longer?!
|Quoting RWA380 (Reply 8):|
Is UA going to do what NH has done, and fly the 787 on domestic routes to get used to the plane, before launching IAH-AKL? I got the impression UA was only bent on launching AKL ASAP.
|Quoting tpaewr (Reply 1):|
The U.S. launch customer, the Continental Airlines unit of United Continental Holdings Inc., plans to fly its new Dreamliners on domestic U.S. routes for six to eight weeks following expected delivery in the second half of next year, before shifting them to international destinations. Five planes out of Continental's 25-plane order—recently reduced from six—are due to arrive in 2012, three years behind schedule.
Dave Lundy, Continental's 787 fleet captain, said the airline will initially fly domestic routes from its hubs in Houston and Newark to familiarize flight and ground staff with the plane, as well as between 50 and 100 hours of nonrevenue international flights.
Continental will train between 22 and 24 pilots for each plane. The new aircraft are due to arrive at the rate of one every six or seven weeks next year, though some flight crews have already gone through a course provided by Boeing.
The airline has to date only announced two potential 787 routes: a 7,400-mile trek from Houston to Auckland, New Zealand, and a shorter hop to Lagos, Nigeria, that it already flies with a larger Boeing 777. The plane will also likely be used on other routes with heavy business traffic, such as Newark to London Heathrow.
|Quoting Africawings (Reply 27):|
Just did the IAH -LOS run on the tripple 7. Plane was only half full both ways.
787 will be perfect for this route until yeilds imrove.
|Quoting AADC10 (Reply 31):|
I suspect that there will not be any domestic runs in the short term. There may be enough time to make a positioning flight but with the few early deliveries they will probably want to do training whenever it is on the ground. After 6 or so have been delivered, they might make some domestic turns but they will probably be sent on the longest routes first so there may not be any availability.
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