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United beats American Airlines in the 787 Dreamliner race

United Airlines is bigger than DFW-based American Airlines, more profitable than AA, isn't in bankruptcy and its share price dwarfs AA's. To add insult to injury, United beat American in the race to fly the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner with paying passengers.

Even worse? One of those passengers is normally a loyal AA passenger.

"We were so excited, we all found it a bit difficult to sleep I believe so we were up and on the hotel shuttle van at 5 a.m.," Scott Shatzer told USA Today. "It felt like we were kids going to Disney World for the first time, I guess."

United's inaugural flight of the 787 Dreamliner took passengers from Houston to Chicago, and the jet was praised by passengers for its larger windows with electrochromic shades, improved climate control, LED lighting and roomier overhead bins, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

"It was very classy” and a “graceful welcome to the aviation world," author Jeffrey Hayzlett said via Twitter, according to the Monitor.

United Continental stock is trading at about $20 per share. American's parent company is trading at about 37 cents a share.

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