It’s no secret that United is a fan of Boeing. In fact, the airline recently became the first airline to operate one of each of the B787 family. While not aimed at the B787, United has just placed an order with Boeing for $4.5 billion worth of new jets. The order was actually placed last year, but only became attributed to United yesterday when Boeing announced the news. The order will be made of a mix of short and long haul aircraft. This will bring United’s total aircraft ordered from American manufacturer Boeing to 1,771 aircraft.
United’s latest order has been placed for a mix of wide and narrow body aircraft. However, the order is mainly focused on narrow-body aircraft. In fact, United ordered a total of 24 B737 MAX jets, while only 4 B777-300s. Despite Boeing working on the launch of the newest B777, the B777X, the carrier has opted to order the older B777 model. The order is worth a total of $4.5 billion according to Boeing list prices. United Airlines currently has 10 B737 MAX 9s in its fleet, with B737MAX 9s and B737MAX 10s still to be delivered. Additionally, the carrier has a fleet of 18 777-300ERs in service.
Speaking of the order Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company said: “United Airlines has been instrumental to the phenomenal success of the Boeing 737 and 777 programs over the years. We are honored by United’s continued confidence in our people and our airplanes and services. We are proud to again extend our long-standing partnership with United Airlines with these latest orders.”
With a total fleet size of 765, United has been a regular customer of Boeing’s. In fact, before the carrier retired its B747s in 2017, United Airlines flew at least one of each of Boeing’s current commercial aircraft. That is to say, the B737, B747, B757, B767, B777, and B787. The most recent addition to United’s Boeing fleet is the B787-10. While this is set to operate on Transatlantic flights from March, it is currently being put through its paces with a daily service between Los Angeles and New York. Despite previously being used for passenger services, the B787-10 made its first official United flight 10 days ago on January 7th.
The routes on which United will deploy the new B787-10 are:
- 1. San Francisco – Newark (February)
- 2. Newark to Frankfurt (March 30th)
- 3. Newark to Tel Aviv (March 30th)
- 4. Newark to Paris (April 29th)
- 5. Newark to Barcelona (April 29th)
- 6. Newark to Brussels (May 22nd)
- 7. Newark to Dublin (May 22nd)
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