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United takes delivery of its first 787-9

United Airlines has taken delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing.

That will make United the first North American airline to operate both the 787-8 and the 787-9 Dreamliner variants.

United plans to put the 787-9 in service later this month.

Earlier this year, United said it will fly the 787-9 on what will be the longest 787 route — nonstop between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, Boeing said.

The 787-9 is a stretched version of the 787-8.

The fuselage is 20 feet longer and will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles.

United operates 11 787 Dreamliners and has another 54 on order, including the next variant, the 787-10.

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