The first North American 787-9 Dreamliner is a fact. Boeing delivered the first aircraft of the type to fly on the northern part of the continent to United Airlines on 4 September 2014, which will both operate the 787-8 and 787-9 and will be the first airline in North America to do so.
United will fly the plane on the longest regular scheduled route of any 787 so far: non-stop between Los Angelas in California and Melbourne in Australia, a distance of 7,926 miles (12,756 km) plus some additional miles in the after take-off and pre-landing patterns.
The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same up to 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.
United operates 11 787 Dreamliners with an additional 54 on order, including the 787-10.
Source: Boeing, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger