United Airlines to Buy 270 New Planes from Boeing/Airbus

June 29, 2021

'United Airlines has announced a massive Boeing/Airbus order of 270 new planes as the carrier takes advantage of the post-Pandemic surge and long-term growth...'

United Airlines just announced they will order 200 Boeing 737 MAX planes and 70 Airbus A321neos which is the largest aircraft order in over a decade (and more than we thought!).

United's Order Breakdown:

United's new aircraft order – 50 737 MAX 8s, 150 737 MAX 10s and 70 A321neos – will come with a new signature interior that includes seat-back entertainment in every seat, larger overhead bins for every passenger's carry-on bag and the industry's fastest available in-flight WiFi, as well as a bright look-and-feel with LED lighting. The airline expects to fly the first 737 MAX 8 with the signature interior this summer and to begin flying the 737 MAX 10 and the Airbus A321neo in early 2023.

United Actually has 500 New Aircraft Coming Online by the Mid 2020s

UA actually has roughly 500 new aircraft coming in to the fleet this decade when combined with previous orders...

When combined with the current order book, United expects to introduce more than 500 new, narrow-body aircraft: 40 in 2022, 138 in 2023 and as many as 350 in 2024 and beyond. That means in 2023 alone, United's fleet will, on average, add about one new narrow-body aircraft every three days.

United Airlines to Hire 25,000 People by 2026

Too meet United's fleet expansion, they plan to hire 25,000 people

United currently has 68,000 employees.

United Will Start Retiring its Older Fleet, 757s Likely Gone for Good

As the carrier brings in the new planes United will phase out older aircraft...and and jets that cost more to operate. The most notable are the 757s. Great plane...but an aging fleet that's more expensive to run.

The 757s' days are numbered at United.

CEO Scott Kirby is Bullish on the United's Growth and the Airline Sector as a Whole

"Our United Next vision will revolutionize the experience of flying United as we accelerate our business to meet a resurgence in air travel," said United CEO Scott Kirby. "By adding and upgrading this many aircraft so quickly with our new signature interiors, we'll combine friendly, helpful service with the best experience in the sky, all across our premier global network. At the same time, this move underscores the critical role United plays in fueling the broader U.S. economy – we expect the addition of these new aircraft will have a significant economic impact on the communities we serve in terms of job creation, traveler spending and commerce."

...and I Thought UA and AA Would Merge...

Just one year ago, things were so bad, I predicted that United Airlines and American Airlines would be forced to merge due to the contraction brought on by the Coronavirus.

My...how things have changed.

But have they?

Are carriers biting off more that they can put on their tray table? (huh??)

(this certainly helps Boeing)

We will see...

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