United Airlines Boosts Fleet with Additional 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners
United Airlines has taken a significant step in expanding its 787 Dreamliner fleet. In collaboration with Boeing [NYSE: BA], the airline has exercised options to order 50 more 787-9 airplanes, simultaneously securing an additional 50 options. This move aligns with United's strategy to modernize its global fleet over the next decade.
Scott Kirby, United CEO, expressed his optimism about the airline's trajectory. "We're building a bright future at United, and this order takes our already successful United Next plan into the next decade and beyond," Kirby remarked. He emphasized the airline's long-term planning and strategy, which has enabled it to outpace competitors. Kirby added, "Our focus on the long term has helped us surge past other airlines. 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."
With this latest order, United's firm orders for Dreamliners have reached 150, making it the largest Dreamliner orderbook on record. The airline is now poised to become the world's largest 787 operator. This announcement comes on the heels of United's record-setting purchase of 100 787 airplanes last year.Advertising
United Airlines is also notable for being the first to operate all three models in the 787 family. Its current fleet boasts more than 70 Dreamliners, which offer the airline the flexibility to serve its extensive global route network.
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, highlighted the significance of United's commitment to the 787 Dreamliner family. "United's unprecedented commitment is a testament to the market-leading operating economics and reliability of Boeing's widebody jets," Deal stated. He further added, "With the 787, United will enjoy all the synergies of operating one of the largest, most efficient fleets in the skies."
The 787-9 offers remarkable efficiency, reducing fuel use and emissions by up to 25% compared to the airplanes it replaces, depending on its configuration. It has a range that spans up to 7,565 nautical miles (14,010 km) and can seat up to 296 passengers.
The 787 remains the best-selling widebody, with over 1,800 orders from 87 customers. This includes more than 870 repeat orders from 56 repeat customers. Customers have placed nearly 350 orders and commitments for the 787 family in the past year alone.
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