United Airlines announced earlier that they have taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER of 14 on order. The airline took delivery at Everett, Washington at Boeing’s manufacturing plant of ship 0031, N2331U, MSN 62642. This aircraft flew to the San Francisco hub (SFO) from Paine Field, Everett where it will enter domestic service between Newark and San Francisco as outlined in a previous post. Flightradar 24 shows it’s ferry flight to San Francisco International. Scheduled international service begins March 25, 2017.
The 777-300ER will be configured with 366 seats including the new Polaris business class. This aircraft type replaces United’s aging 747-400 fleet which a scheduled retirement in 2018. The fleet renewal plan also includes moving 10 international 777-200’s to domestic operations with the deliveries of more Boeing 787’s and A350-1000s in 2018, outlined in the A350-1000 first flight post.
United is almost halfway from moving the 777-200’s to domestic service. Retrofits are planned to be completed in half of the 19 aircraft moving to domestic routes by the end of the month. The remaining retrofits will be completed by mid-2017. United’s 777-200s are configured in a 364-seat, high-density configuration which will fly to Hawaii from the airline’s continental U.S. hubs.
The rest of the 13 777-300ER’s will be delivered next year while the A350-1000’s will be delivered the following year.