United Airlines announced (22-May-2012) plans to launch daily Denver-Tokyo Narita service, effective 31-Mar-2013, subject to government approval. The route will be the first served with the carrier's new Boeing 787s. United will operate the 787 on the service with 219 seats – 36 'BusinessFirst' and 183 economy, including 63 premium economy seats with extra legroom. This is the first non-stop service from Denver to a point in Asia. [more - original PR - United Airlines] [more - original PR - Denver Airport]
United Airlines to launch Tokyo Narita service with 787s
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