United Airlines announced a new mega order for jets from Boeing and Airbus on Tuesday. The US carrier closed two orders totaling 110 787 Dreamliner and A321neo aircraft in addition to 90 purchase options.
With Boeing, the agreement was for 50 787-9 Dreamliners that will be delivered between 2028 and 2031. In addition, the company secured 50 new purchase options for the widebody.
In relation to Airbus, there were 60 A321neo jets, which are expected to be delivered between 2028 and 2030. Just like Boeing, United also added options to purchase 40 aircraft of the model by the end of the decade with the European manufacturer.
“We’re building a bright future at United and this order takes our already successful United Next plan into the next decade and beyond,” said United CEO Scott Kirby. “Our planning and focus on the long term have helped us surge past other airlines that still stood. I’m convinced our strategy is the right one as we continue to add new, larger aircraft to take full advantage of our growing flying opportunities both internationally and domestically.”
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With the additional order of Dreamliners, United becomes Boeing’s largest widebody customer, with 150 firm orders for the 787.
About to receive its first A321neo, United now has commitments to purchase 180 aircraft of the model, including 50 A321XLR, the ultra-long-range variant of the narrow-body jet.
“Upon introduction of the A321neo into its fleet in the coming weeks, United will take full benefit of Airbus’ Airspace cabin, providing an exceptional customer and cabin crew experience completely in phase with the United Next initiative,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.
In June 2021, United had already announced simultaneous orders with Airbus and Boeing for a total of 270 aircraft, including 200 737 MAX and 70 A321neo.
By the end of 2022, the airline had also confirmed a deal for 100 787 Dreamliners with an option for another 100 jets.