American Airlines gives Boeing an early Christmas present. United ordered a maximum of 100 additional 737s and 100 more 787s, while securing options for more long-range aircraft.
That’s a big number: United Airlines expects about 700 new planes in the next 10 years. The airline will add two new aircraft to its fleet every week in 2023 and three in 2024. With the new aircraft, it wants to expand and replace older aircraft.
On Tuesday (13 December) United got the supplies. The airline announced an order for another 100 Boeing 787s. The long-haul aircraft will be delivered between 2024 and 2032. They will replace more than 100 Boeing 767-300ER and 777-200 aircraft. The 767 will be completely phased out by 2030, according to United.
What will happen to the ordered Airbus A350?
At the same time, the Americans got an option for 100 more Dreamliners. You have the choice between the three variants. United already operates 787-8, 787-9, and 787-10-65 in total. It is the largest long-haul aircraft order ever placed by an airline in the United States, the company said in a statement on the order.
It’s a victory for Boeing. Because in addition to the 787, the Airbus A350 was also available. It is unclear what is going on with that Old order from United for 45 A350-900 it will happen. Deliveries have been delayed again and again, originally scheduled for 2018. It would be conceivable to convert to an Airbus A321 Neo order.
But United is already expanding its short- and mid-range fleet. With the bulk order of up to 200 Dreamliners, the US airline has also announced that it will purchase more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. It will acquire an additional 44 aircraft, which will be delivered between 2024 and 2026, through the exercise of options. United will acquire another 56 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (delivery between 2027 and 2028) by increasing the company’s order. The airline has already ordered three variants of the Max aircraft – Max 8, Max 9 and Max 10. It currently has 70 Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 aircraft in its fleet.
“United has emerged from the pandemic as the world’s leading airline and the national airline of the United States,” said Scott Kirby, CEO. These orders strengthen the leadership position.
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