United is Hopping into the Next Decade // Orders 270 Aircraft


(Photo credit @IF_KGRR)
After the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crap that went on for the last year, United Airlines is one of few to return to profitability. With that, they recently unveiled, not only an improved cabin and new/more premium seats, but an order for 270 new and way more fuel efficient aircraft! Take a look at what they ordered! This order should be a nice compromised discussion for our community, as it includes both MAX and NEO aircraft!

Aircraft # Ordered
Boeing 737 MAX 10 150
Boeing 737 MAX 8 50
Airbus A321NEO 70

Also announced, a new and improved cabin will be retrofitted onto older aircraft


(Photo credit to United Airlines)

Included in the new statement, was part saying: “The airline also announced a hiring spree that it expects to total about 25,000 employees for the new planes, including pilots, flight attendants and mechanics” (Leslie Josephs, CNBC).

Finally, it looks like seatback entertainment systems (also known as IFE), are making a comeback, as all new aircraft, and retrofitted aircraft, will be receiving generously sized screens for you to watch movies in flight!


(Photo credit to United Airlines)

If you would like to read more on United’s order, check out this article (and my source) by CNBC

Thanks y’all!

~Devin/IF_KGRR

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That’s awesome news for Boeing and their MAX program.
I’m curious as to how the United livery will look on an A321NEO, though.

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Don’t forget the new agreement United made to order the supersonic jet by Boom.

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@Joseph_Spinner: hopefully opening up some new transatlantic routes too 😏

@Ty_Davis: How can I forget, that’s awesome too!

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I did not expect that.

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I believe they also had 50 (maybe, not too sure) on order already

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That brings the total for the MAX 10 to 250 aircraft which is huge. Also love their bringing IFE to all narrowbodies, almost feels like a shot to AA who decided to remove them unlike Delta, and now United is bringing the screens back. Love to see it.

The existing 50 are for the XLR, the new order for 70 is for the base 321Neo

Wow! I’m willing to bet they got a great deal on those MAX planes. I’m still not convinced I trust the aircraft type, but I’m glad that United sees a bright future with them.

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Maybe replacing the 757s?🥺

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Unfortunately from what I read, they will, probably not for another 5-7 years from now

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A little off topic, but I’m shocked that Boeing hasn’t brought any new competition to the table regarding this aircraft market. United bought Airbus once again even though they are almost completely a Boeing company. Boeing’s got some real catching up to do in regards to the large narrow body aircraft.

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MAX 10s will also be replacing some 757 routes eventually. Both that and the 321s, seems like a good replacement for them, but there’s nothing like a 757.

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The A321 NEO is the closest you can get to a 757, but it will never meet the pure beauty of it.

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And sound!

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Pic of the new interior, already installed on UA’s first MAX 8 which was delivered the other day.

Check out more on Jason’s tweet below:

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Hopefully this new order opens up new route opportunities for them! ISP-ORD/DEN/etc.

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I never understood why they didn’t add screens before, but a change is a change i guess! This is nice to hear!

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At least they are bringing back the IFE screens! Every airline should have them!

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The screens have Bluetooth audio so you can use your own wireless headphones.

FINALLY. Not sure why it took an airline this long, but that’s so nice to have!

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I’m hoping for SFO-GRR!