United Airlines has finally given its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft a new name. The aircraft, which will be featuring the airline’s latest fully-flat business class ‘Polaris’ has been name4d “New Spirit of United”. The airline also recently published the pictures of the said aircraft.
Media reports said that the ‘New Spirit of United’ would be entering into regular scheduled commercial service in the month of February this year. This is also the airline’s first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft acquired lately. The airline had earlier places orders for 14 Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts, and expects all to be delivered by the end of 2017.
Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines, while commenting on the new aircraft, said, “The new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft would be symbolizing the new spirit, enthusiasm and energy just in the way it has been seen in the company’s employees and the great pride that they show in their day-to-day work. The company hopes that the new Boeing 777-300ER fleet would be playing a significant role in efficiently connecting the customers to far-away destinations to the best of their satisfaction.”
Munoz said that United Airlines would be deploying the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on domestic routes within the United States, such as Newark Liberty-San Francisco effective from February 16. The airline is also planning to launch the aircraft on international routes as well. Hong Kong is set to be the airline’s first international destination where it will be deploying the new aircraft for operations starting from March 25 this year.
Meanwhile, according to reports United Airlines had earlier in January this year announced that it is planning to permanently retire its Boeing 747 jumbo aircraft later this year. The airline said that the “Queen of the Skies” is set to bid adieu in the last quarter of 2017. The airline will now be focusing on including more cost-effective, fuel-efficient and reliable widebody aircrafts in its fleet.