After a flight that went by far too quickly, we were on final approach for runway 10 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Captain Jim Starling brought us in for a smooth landing as you’ll see in the video below, which includes the water cannon salute at gate C20, deplaning and preparations for the arrival ceremony.
I was the third passenger to exit the aircraft among cheers and applause from a crowded gate room.
Jeff Smisek deplaned behind me receiving a warm welcome and staff escorted him over to the stage area. Once all passengers and the crew had disembarked, Charles Duncan, United’s vice president of operations at ORD, kicked off the celebratory speeches by Jeff and Captain Starling:
And with that, the successful revenue inaugural of United’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner had concluded. But my day was young and after a quick visit to the United Club with Bruce and Mommy Points, I headed back to gate C20 for the return flight to Houston.
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