Sea-Tac Airport, the second U.S. airport to host the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a regularly scheduled flight, will see more Dreamliner service beginning this fall.
According to schedules published this week, United Airlines will begin using a Dreamliner for its Sea-Tac-Tokyo flight beginning Nov. 5.
The Chicago-based airline now uses a larger Boeing 777-200ER for the flight to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. All Nippon Airways began flying a Dreamliner from Sea-Tac to the the Japanese capital last fall.
Those ANA flights were interrupted in early winter when all Boeing Dreamliners were grounded to solve battery fire problems.
ANA has resumed it Sea-Tac-Tokyo flights using a Boeing 777. It plans to resume Dreamliner service in September.
The Dreamliner is somewhat smaller than the 777 and more fuel-efficient. For United, facing an influx of new competition on the Sea-Tac-Tokyo route, the Dreamliner is probably a better fit than the 777.
In addition to All Nippon joining the competition, Delta has added a second Sea-Tac Tokyo flight to its timetable. That second flight lands at the close-in Haneda Airport instead of the more distant Narita Airport.
Delta also upgraded its Narita flight to a larger 747, but in recent weeks has throttled back on that new capacity.