United Places Order for 200 787s and 737-MAXs
Today, Boeing and United Airlines announced the airline had placed another significant order with the manufacturer. Specifically, placing an order for 100 787 Dreamliners with purchase options 100 aircraft, the largest order of the type ever. In addition to this on the narrow-body side, the airline is exercising a further 44 existing purchase options and placing a new order for 56 737-MAXs.
With this order included, the airline will now have 530 737-MAX family aircraft and 171 787s on order with Boeing.
Deliveries of the 737-MAXs will be tied into the existing order which is currently ongoing, while the new round of 787s are to be delivered from 2024 to 2032, working on replacing older types in the fleet such as the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777-200 fleet.
Although not officially cancelled, the future of the Airbus A350 is now in doubt, with United being able to replace their entire older generation of wide-body aircraft and then some when both firm and options on the orders are counted.
The order agreement for the 787s allow United to pick the composition of the new fleet, being able to be split across all three variants as they see fit.
This is United’s second large aircraft order in just as many years, following a June 2021 order for 270 narrow-body aircraft between the Boeing 737-MAX and Airbus A320neo families.