United Airlines became the first US airline to take delivery of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner this week, the carrier said on Monday.
United said it expects to fly the plane to its Houston hub from Boeing Field in Seattle this week. The first of five 787s United should receive this year will be used in a month-long training program before it enters commercial service.
Chicago-based United has 50 787s on order. Carriers that have already received the jet are All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines of Japan, Ethiopian Airlines, Chile's LAN Airlines and Air India.
The 787 is the world's first commercial passenger jet with an airframe made largely of carbon composite materials. Because of its lighter weight, the plane consumes 20 percent less fuel than other jets its size on similar routes.