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United gets ownership of 1st of its Boeing 787s

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines now owns its first Boeing 787.

It's the first U.S. airline to get Boeing's newest plane. The airline took ownership of the plane on Monday, and it will be delivered to its hub in Houston later this week.

United has 50 of the planes on order, and expects to get five this year. Continental Airlines first ordered 787s in 2004, and merged with United in 2010 to form United Continental Holdings Inc.

Customers have waited a long time for the fuel-efficient plane. Boeing delivered the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways late last year, three years behind schedule. ANA has 13 of the planes flying now, and has ordered 66 in total.

Boeing has more than 800 orders booked for the 787.

The first commercial flight on United's 787 will be Nov. 4, from Houston to Chicago. International flights will begin in December.

United's version of the plane will have 219 seats, including 36 in what it calls "BusinessFirst" class, 70 in Economy Plus, which is a better version of coach, and 113 in coach.

Shares of Chicago-based United Continental rose 12 cents to $20.14 in afternoon trading on Monday. Boeing Co. shares were down 42 cents to $69.56.

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