United Airlines and Boeing announced today an order for 150 narrow-body aircraft including 100 of the 737MAX. The order is not much of a surprise given the leak on Monday at Farnborough but it is now confirmed. The inclusion of 50 737-900ER aircraft was not mentioned previously. The order will see United as the North America launch customer for the 737 MAX 9.
These aircraft will be used to replace older aircraft in the fleet and to "tailor future capacity up or down, based on changes in demand or other market conditions" according to United’s CEO Jeff Smisek.
United currently operates more than 80 757s in a domestic configuration, many of which are 20 years old and nearly all of which likely will be by the time the replacement aircraft are delivered. There are also a number of Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft which could be replaced as part of this refresh, some of which are also approaching the 20 year mark in service.
The 737-900ERs will be delivered starting in 2013 and the 737 MAX 9 aircraft are expected to be delivered starting in 2018 according to a release from United.
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