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United's 787-10 Begins International Service, Brings Back Polaris Bear

March 28, 2019
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United's 787-10 Begins International Service, Brings Back Polaris Bear
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United's shiny new 787-10 Dreamliner enters international service this Saturday, serving two inaugural routes both departing from Newark. UA84 will arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:15 am March 31, and UA 960 will arrive in Frankfurt at 9:30 am on March 31.

March 30UA 84Newark (EWR)4:55 pmTel Aviv (TLV)10:15 am
March 30UA 960Newark (EWR)7:50 pmFrankfurt (FRA)9:20 am

United is the world's first carrier to operate all three variants of the Boeing 787, and the -10 is the first 787 to feature United's new Polaris business class seat. The 787-10, longest of the three versions of the Dreamliner, has been flying domestically with UA for some months — we tried it on a run between Newark and Los Angeles, and liked it. It also features Premium Plus, the United version of premium economy.

To celebrate the occasion, United Airlines is bringing back its plush Polaris mascot, Ursa the Bear, on March 30 and 31. A limited-edition stuffed polar bear will be distributed to all Polaris passengers departing the US on any plane, even if they aren't flying on the new 787-10.

New 2019 bear (L) and the older bear (R). (Photo by Sara Wass/The Points Guy)
The 2019 Ursa polar bear is on the left, and the 2017 bear is on the right. (Photo by Sara Wass/The Points Guy)

Despite phasing out Ursa a couple of years ago, United has brought back the bear for new aircraft launches in the past, such as when the airline launched its first 777-300 international route in 2017.

All photos by Sara Wass and Zach Honig for The Points Guy.

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