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United's Dreamliner headed to Tokyo

By CNN Staff
January 3, 2013 -- Updated 1336 GMT (2136 HKT)
United is starting its first international service using the 787 Dreamliner on Thursday.
United is starting its first international service using the 787 Dreamliner on Thursday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • United puts Dreamliner on first regularly scheduled international route
  • The Boeing 787 will be used in service between Los Angeles and Tokyo
  • United debuted the Dreamliner for domestic service in November

(CNN) -- Starting this week, United's much-anticipated new 787 Dreamliner will be taking to the skies between Los Angeles and Tokyo, marking the carrier's first regular international route using the new aircraft.

Flight 32 is set to leave Los Angeles at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, arriving in Tokyo at 4:10 p.m. the next day.

United made its domestic debut of the plane in November, carrying more than 200 passengers from Texas to Chicago. United says the Dreamliner "will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions."

The Boeing aircraft was plagued by cost overruns and manufacturing delays for years before the first Dreamliner was delivered to Japan's All Nippon Airways in 2011. United was the first U.S. carrier to fly paying customers on the 787.

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