United Airlines is finalising plans to open a Boeing 787 pilot base at its Newark Liberty hub, a precursor to beginning Dreamliner flying from the airport in 2019.
The Chicago-based carrier will open 787 positions at Newark for pilots to bid on beginning in September, says United managing director of crew resources Paul Carlson in a newsletter to pilots on 1 August. Carlson added that more details on the operations will be given later this month.
Details on the aircraft variant to be used is expected to be given at the same time.
“We are evaluating using the 787 flying out of Newark in the future and are in the early stages of planning for that by ensuring we have proper pilot staffing allocated at the right time,” United stated in the newsletter, adding that details have not been finalised.
Earlier in May, Carlson had told pilots that the airline was considering opening a 787 base at Newark around April 2019, with an eye on placing its new 787-10s there.
“I am unable to provide specific EWR 787 mission details; but for now, note that the 787-10 is well-suited for European destinations,” he said at the time.
United will take delivery of its first three of 14 787-10s later this year, with plans to place them in service in early 2019. The aircraft will be configured with 318 seats, including 41 Polaris business, 21 premium economy, 45 extra-legroom economy and 208 economy.