DENVER - United Airlines has postponed the launch of their new route from Denver to Tokyo while federal safety agencies continue to review the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
According to a statement from the airline, they now plan to start the route on May 12.
The airline and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock both released statements expressing commitment to eventually establishing the nonstop route to Tokyo.
United Airlines' statement:
"To Denver media contacts:
"We are postponing the launch of our new route from Denver to Tokyo-Narita while the FAA and NTSB continue their review of the 787 aircraft. We are currently revising the route initiation date to May 12, although that will depend on having a successful resolution ahead of that date.
"We remain committed to flying from Denver to Narita with the 787, and we will launch the route after the aircraft re-enters service. We want to thank Mayor Hancock, Aviation Director Kim Day and our other Denver partners who have been instrumental in introducing this route.
Mayor Michael Hancock's statement:
"United Airlines, the City and County of Denver and all of our partners remain committed to the long-term success of this new nonstop flight. Because of the boundless economic-development opportunities it will create, the service carries great value to Denver, the metro area and all of Colorado. Together, we look forward to the doors it will open to the global marketplace."