What we’re reading: United’s first Dreamliner flight, Southwest flies through skydiving zone, Google’s field trip app


United: First public Dreamliner flight will be Nov. 4

United announced that its inaugural Dreamliner flight will be on November 4 from Houston to Chicago.

“We’ve been waiting for this airplane for about eight years, so it’s a pretty big day,” United CEO Jeff Smisek told reporters Thursday. “It’s very fuel efficient. … It will make routes that wouldn’t otherwise be profitable, profitable. So it’s a tremendous asset for us to have.”

United’s Dreamliner ultimately will fly international routes primarily, but will kick off service ferrying passengers domestically between such United hubs as Chicago, Houston and Newark.

(Note: Video above is the delivery of the 787 landing in Houston from Boeing Field in Washington.)

FAA: Southwest jet flew through Houston skydiving zone

A Southwest Airlines jet landing at Houston Hobby accidentally flew through a skydivers zone known as the drop zone.

“Preliminary information indicates that the Southwest jet had been cleared by a controller through that airspace on its approach to Houston Hobby Airport when the pilot reported that the aircraft had passed a small group of skydivers that had jumped from another aircraft,” the agency said Friday in a prepared statement.

Google invites us on a field trip with new app

Earlier this week, Google released an app called Field Trip. It is currently available for the Android.

The app, which runs in the background on compatible devices, uses alerts to suggest things to see and do in the immediate vicinity around the person using it. Those suggestions can include such things as places to eat or drink, where to catch a show or event, special deals and a whole lot more.