beginning Nov. 4
A consolation prize? Houston gets United Airlines' fancy, new Dreamliners first
United Airlines has put in a hefty order for 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. On Thursday, the airline announced that domestic travelers will get a chance to ride on the first five arrivals of the fancy fleet in the months preceding the Dec. 4 commencement of the Dreamliner international service unveiled just last week.
And Houston's George Bush International Airport stands at the center of the plan.
"As the initial aircraft are inducted into the fleet, they will be based at United's Houston hub," the company revealed in a statement, along with a temporary schedule of 787 routes.
The Dreamliner will make six weekly trips between IAH and Los Angeles and between IAH and Chicago.
From Nov. 4 through Dec. 2, United will operate a five-times-weekly flight between IAH and San Francisco, which will expand to daily service from Dec. 3 to Jan. 3.
Also beginning Nov. 4, the Dreamliner will make six weekly trips between IAH and Los Angeles International (LAX), as well as IAH and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Daily service to LAX will run from Dec. 3 through Jan. 3, and to ORD between Jan. 4 and March 29.
Starting Dec. 5, a route between IAH and Denver will run daily until Jan. 2, and the same route will restart indefinitely on March 31.
A route between IAH and Newark Liberty International will take place daily (except for Nov. 18) from Nov. 4 through Jan 3.
A few one-off routes are on the temporary itinerary, too: One-day service from IAH to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Nov. 10, and another from IAH to Washington Dulles International Airport on Nov. 17.