United places huge Boeing order
United Airlines has placed an order with Boeing for 150 B737 aircraft.
Under the new agreement, which was signed yesterday at the Farnborough Airshow, United will purchase 100 B737 MAX 9 aircraft and 50 B737-900ER aircraft, for delivery between 2013 and 2022. The deal makes United the North American launch customer for the B737 MAX 9. It is already the US launch customer of the B787 Dreamliner and was previously the first American carrier to operate the B767 and B777.
“This order is a major step in building the world’s leading airline, and we look forward to offering our customers the modern features and reliability of new Boeing airplanes, while also making our fleet more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly,” said Jeff Smisek, United’s President & CEO. “New aircraft deliveries support our flexible fleet plan, permitting us to tailor future capacity up or down, based on changes in demand or other market conditions.
“These new aircraft, combined with our new wide-body aircraft already on order and our existing fuel-efficient aircraft, will solidify United’s future fleet as one of the most efficient and environmentally-responsible fleets among our global competitors,” Smisek added.