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How This Airplane Is Changing the Experience of Flying

United Airlines’ 787 Dreamliners boast some serious perks—and they make for a better flight.

How This Airplane Is Changing the Experience of Flying

The slender nose of your United Airlines’ Dreamliner tips skyward and soon you’re airborne, flying east from Newark toward Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, your legs fully stretched out in front of you. As the New York skyline grows smaller out of the plane’s extra-large windows (bigger than those on any other aircraft), the smart glass dims on its own to create a restful atmosphere inside the cabin for the eight-hour flight.

Newark to Paris is just one of the routes on which you’ll find United’s Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner—the most technologically advanced aircraft in United’s fleet. It’s also available on flights from Newark to five other international destinations (Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Brussels, and Dublin), along with Los Angeles and San Francisco. As the newest member of United’s team of Dreamliners—it already owns three dozen Boeing 787-8 and 787-9s—the addition of the Boeing 787-10s makes United the world’s first airline company to have the entire Dreamliner family.

Here’s why this revolutionary aircraft will make a difference on your next flight.


Eco-Friendly, Quiet, and Smooth With its slightly sloped nose and elegant wings, the sleek Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner was designed to fly as naturally as a bird. In fact, it’s the most environmentally friendly aircraft on the planet today, leaving a smaller carbon footprint with each round-trip. The first airliner constructed primarily of lightweight composite materials, the wide-body Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner uses 20 percent less fuel than its predecessors, even though it’s 18 feet longer and can carry more passengers and cargo.

In fact, its fuel-efficient engine was designed to be 30 percent quieter than engines on similar-size jets, so your experience inside the cabin will be quieter. Your ride will also be steadier: Thanks to its advanced “smooth ride” technology, which senses turbulence and adjusts automatically to offset its effects, you’ll feel fewer bumps along the way.


A Plane Designed for Travelers Revolutionary in construction and design, the Dreamliner’s comfortable cabins are optimized for rest and relaxation, no matter what your seating assignment happens to be—whether in one of United’s expanded premium options (United Polaris business class, United Premium Plus, and Economy Plus) or in United Economy. Plus, you can literally breathe more easily: the advanced air filtration system features better air pressure and humidity. You may not even sense it on board, but when you land feeling more refreshed, you’ll know why.

One difference you can’t help but notice is the plane’s state-of-the art entertainment system, which features customizable flat screens embedded in every seatback. Choose “relax” mode for a selection of soothing videos and audio playlists, then pick your optimal level of vision (and put those glasses away). Even how you watch the movie is up to you: Opt for a full-screen experience or split the screen so you can keep an eye on the always-engaging flight tracker. After the credits roll on your first movie, the smart system will make recommendations for what to watch next, based on what you just enjoyed and how much flying time is left.

As your Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner starts to make its descent into Paris, the cabin lighting softly changes from a moonlit starry night—designed to welcome sleep—to lighting that resembles a sunrise. You wake up feeling well-adjusted to the new time zone, with your circadian rhythms in sync. The 19-inch smart window beside you brightens with the morning sun, offering a panoramic view of the French countryside below. Is that the Eiffel tower in the distance?

Start dreaming about your next getaway and book now at United.com.

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