United Airlines Boeing 757

United Airlines Boeing 757

United Airlines has been holding off for quite awhile from buying any new planes. They had talked about reducing their fleet, however, now they plan to order up to 150 aircraft by this fall.

As they have been waiting for a good time to buy, their fleet of almost 400 aircraft have aged. Now they are looking to replace their wide-bodied jets and Boeing 757’s with new aircraft. They are also hoping to  get rid of their almost 30-strong fleet of Boeing 737’s.

It’s a large order, which gives them tremendous buying power. United Airlines states they are in talks with Boeing and Airbus and only want to purchase planes from one of the two manufacturers. This could be a huge payoff to the winning bidder and will probably create a lot of interesting deals for United to consider. With airlines cancelling orders for aircraft already being built, this could be a better than average boom for either Airbus or Boeing.

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2 Comments
Kathleen

I heard on the news that they were thinking about splitting the purchase between Boeing and Airbus.

United might consider paying their employees a more desirable, liveable income, before it courts either Boeing or Airbus.

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