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United completes world’s longest 787 route

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 28, 2014
United 787-9 N38950 about to touch down in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. (Bernie Proctor)
United 787-9 N38950 about to touch down in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. (Bernie Proctor)

United’s inaugural direct service from Los Angeles to Melbourne touched down at Tullamarine at 0757 on Tuesday, completing the world’s longest Boeing 787 route in 15 hours and 10 minutes.

At 6,883nm (12,748km), the route eclipses Ethiopian Airlines’ Addis Ababa to Toronto service, which comes in at 6,217nm (11,514km).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth congratulated United, which is first North American carrier to operate the stretched 787-9, on the start of the new service and record route.

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“It’s exciting for us to see the 787 do exactly what we promised our customers it would do – open up new routes all over the world,” Tinseth said on his Randy’s Journal blog.

The return flight, UA99, was due to depart Melbourne at 1015 local time.

United has scheduled a combination of Boeing 787-9 and 787-8s for the new Melbourne-Los Angeles route.

Qantas is now the only other airline offering direct flights between the Victorian capital and Los Angeles, after Virgin Australia withdrew its three times a week services on October 25.

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United's 787-9 at Los Angeles Airport prior to taking off to Melbourne on October 26. (Boeing)
United’s 787-9 at Los Angeles Airport prior to taking off to Melbourne on October 26. (Boeing)

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10 Comments

  • J.H

    says:

    Jealous much, I wish it would fly to BNE

  • marc

    says:

    That’s a long route.

  • Barry

    says:

    Take note QF.

  • Steve

    says:

    What’s the pax load and fuel burn? Anyone ?

  • Captain

    says:

    I gather the 787-9 has much better range than the 787-8????

  • Dizz

    says:

    Captain – The 787-9 does have some extra legs, but United is flying this route with a mix of 787-8 and 787-9 at least initially, so the 787-8 has the legs to make it as well.

    See above: “United has scheduled a combination of Boeing 787-9 and 787-8s for the new Melbourne-Los Angeles route”

  • marc

    says:

    Range fully loaded: 8 = 14500k, 9 = 15400k. Perfect plane for RAAF/PM.

  • marc

    says:

    Looks like the RAAF have gone with the multi use A330 derivative for the PM

  • William

    says:

    Any word from Boeing or any of the operators as to whether the 787 is achieving its advertised fuel consumption?

  • Mike Prendergast

    says:

    I agree with Marc that the 787 would be a great V.I.P plane but how about a lease of 2 737 MAX-9’s?

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United completes world’s longest 787 route

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 28, 2014
United 787-9 N38950 about to touch down in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. (Bernie Proctor)
United 787-9 N38950 about to touch down in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. (Bernie Proctor)

United’s inaugural direct service from Los Angeles to Melbourne touched down at Tullamarine at 0757 on Tuesday, completing the world’s longest Boeing 787 route in 15 hours and 10 minutes.

At 6,883nm (12,748km), the route eclipses Ethiopian Airlines’ Addis Ababa to Toronto service, which comes in at 6,217nm (11,514km).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth congratulated United, which is first North American carrier to operate the stretched 787-9, on the start of the new service and record route.

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“It’s exciting for us to see the 787 do exactly what we promised our customers it would do – open up new routes all over the world,” Tinseth said on his Randy’s Journal blog.

The return flight, UA99, was due to depart Melbourne at 1015 local time.

United has scheduled a combination of Boeing 787-9 and 787-8s for the new Melbourne-Los Angeles route.

Qantas is now the only other airline offering direct flights between the Victorian capital and Los Angeles, after Virgin Australia withdrew its three times a week services on October 25.

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United's 787-9 at Los Angeles Airport prior to taking off to Melbourne on October 26. (Boeing)
United’s 787-9 at Los Angeles Airport prior to taking off to Melbourne on October 26. (Boeing)

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10 Comments

  • J.H

    says:

    Jealous much, I wish it would fly to BNE

  • marc

    says:

    That’s a long route.

  • Barry

    says:

    Take note QF.

  • Steve

    says:

    What’s the pax load and fuel burn? Anyone ?

  • Captain

    says:

    I gather the 787-9 has much better range than the 787-8????

  • Dizz

    says:

    Captain – The 787-9 does have some extra legs, but United is flying this route with a mix of 787-8 and 787-9 at least initially, so the 787-8 has the legs to make it as well.

    See above: “United has scheduled a combination of Boeing 787-9 and 787-8s for the new Melbourne-Los Angeles route”

  • marc

    says:

    Range fully loaded: 8 = 14500k, 9 = 15400k. Perfect plane for RAAF/PM.

  • marc

    says:

    Looks like the RAAF have gone with the multi use A330 derivative for the PM

  • William

    says:

    Any word from Boeing or any of the operators as to whether the 787 is achieving its advertised fuel consumption?

  • Mike Prendergast

    says:

    I agree with Marc that the 787 would be a great V.I.P plane but how about a lease of 2 737 MAX-9’s?

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United completes world’s longest 787 route

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 28, 2014
United 787-9 N38950 about to touch down in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. (Bernie Proctor)
United 787-9 N38950 about to touch down in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. (Bernie Proctor)

United’s inaugural direct service from Los Angeles to Melbourne touched down at Tullamarine at 0757 on Tuesday, completing the world’s longest Boeing 787 route in 15 hours and 10 minutes.

At 6,883nm (12,748km), the route eclipses Ethiopian Airlines’ Addis Ababa to Toronto service, which comes in at 6,217nm (11,514km).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth congratulated United, which is first North American carrier to operate the stretched 787-9, on the start of the new service and record route.

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“It’s exciting for us to see the 787 do exactly what we promised our customers it would do – open up new routes all over the world,” Tinseth said on his Randy’s Journal blog.

The return flight, UA99, was due to depart Melbourne at 1015 local time.

United has scheduled a combination of Boeing 787-9 and 787-8s for the new Melbourne-Los Angeles route.

Qantas is now the only other airline offering direct flights between the Victorian capital and Los Angeles, after Virgin Australia withdrew its three times a week services on October 25.

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United's 787-9 at Los Angeles Airport prior to taking off to Melbourne on October 26. (Boeing)
United’s 787-9 at Los Angeles Airport prior to taking off to Melbourne on October 26. (Boeing)

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

10 Comments

  • J.H

    says:

    Jealous much, I wish it would fly to BNE

  • marc

    says:

    That’s a long route.

  • Barry

    says:

    Take note QF.

  • Steve

    says:

    What’s the pax load and fuel burn? Anyone ?

  • Captain

    says:

    I gather the 787-9 has much better range than the 787-8????

  • Dizz

    says:

    Captain – The 787-9 does have some extra legs, but United is flying this route with a mix of 787-8 and 787-9 at least initially, so the 787-8 has the legs to make it as well.

    See above: “United has scheduled a combination of Boeing 787-9 and 787-8s for the new Melbourne-Los Angeles route”

  • marc

    says:

    Range fully loaded: 8 = 14500k, 9 = 15400k. Perfect plane for RAAF/PM.

  • marc

    says:

    Looks like the RAAF have gone with the multi use A330 derivative for the PM

  • William

    says:

    Any word from Boeing or any of the operators as to whether the 787 is achieving its advertised fuel consumption?

  • Mike Prendergast

    says:

    I agree with Marc that the 787 would be a great V.I.P plane but how about a lease of 2 737 MAX-9’s?

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