Boeing and the carriers that fly its 787s continue to keep a close watch on 787 Dreamliner jets. A spokeswoman for Boeing said the company was implementing Dreamliner "reliability enhancements," a process she said is "standard for new airplane introductions."
Delta has a $62 million contract with Pennsylvania-based avionics-maker Innovative Solutions & Support to add new cockpits on 182 MD-88 and MD-90 twinjets. The cockpits will include flat-panel displays, dual GPS/wide-area augmentation system receivers and a new flight-management system. The upgrades are expected to result in immediate fuel savings because of the lighter weight of the aircraft and increased NextGen capabilities.
United Airlines said it plans to return its Boeing 787s to service next week. Domestic flights from United's Houston hub on the 787 are scheduled to begin May 20. "Our customers responded extremely well when we introduced the 787, and we know they'll welcome it back," Pete McDonald, United's chief operations officer, said in a statement.
United Airlines plans to restart Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on May 20, which would be 11 days earlier than previously scheduled. United will fly its first 787 flight from Houston to Chicago, with Houston-to-Denver service starting on May 21. United will inaugurate the first international route on the 787 next month between Denver and Tokyo.