United Airlines announces order for 270 Boeing and Airbus planes, largest ever – .

United Airlines announces order for 270 Boeing and Airbus planes, largest ever – .

A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 lands at San Francisco International Airport.
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United Airlines on Tuesday unveiled its largest aircraft order on record: 270 narrow-body airliners from Boeing and Airbus as the carrier charts its post-pandemic growth.
The fleet plan is central to United’s goal of capturing more travelers, especially high-paying travelers at major coastal hubs like San Francisco and Newark. In a far-reaching strategic plan, the airline said it plans to add more roomy seats and backrest entertainment, a departure from a previous strategy.

The airline also announced a wave of hiring 25,000 employees for the new planes, including pilots, flight attendants and mechanics.

Boeing shares rose 0.9% in pre-market trading after the announcement. United fell around 0.2%.

The order includes 200 Boeing Max. Of these planes, 150 are Max 10 models. Boeing’s largest. The first test flight of the Max 10 ended earlier this month. The remaining 50 Boeing jets are the manufacturer’s most popular model, the Max 8. United’s sizable order in addition to existing order backlog for the Max jets is another vote of confidence in the aircraft maker, which has had struggling to get back on track after two Max crashes and several production issues.

United also plans to order 70 Airbus 321neos, adding to an order of dozens of long-haul versions of the aircraft.

The carrier now has around 500 narrow-body planes arriving from next year.

About 200 of those planes will be used to expand the airline’s fleet of 500 aircraft, while 300 will replace older jets such as its Boeing 757-200s, which she will retire, said Andrew Nocella, commercial director of United.

Premium travelers

Some of these planes will replace the old single-class regional jets. It’s part of United’s push for higher paying travelers.
United executives have said flying on the bigger main jets means it will be able to add more first class and more economy class seats, or coach seats with more legroom. It also unveiled new interiors for the aircraft that include backrest screens and larger overhead compartments.
United said it will offer larger overhead compartments on its new planes.

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This focus on more expensive seats – and the customers who will pay more for them – is a shot against rival Delta Air Lines. Prior to the pandemic, Delta was focusing heavily on these travelers – especially in coastal hubs – adding more legroom and more spacious jets between business centers.

Demand for business travel has been decimated by the pandemic, but has recently declined, according to analyst reports.

United CEO Scott Kirby told reporters he expects demand for business travel to recover completely.

Return to the Folder Screen

Another change in United’s strategy is that they will equip their planes with seat entertainment, which United had moved away from. Rival American Airlines – where United CEO Kirby worked before joining his current airline five years ago as chairman – had removed file screens from older planes while boarding new planes at narrow body without them.

Executives argued that many travelers would instead use their personal electronics to stream movies.

United plans to equip new airliners with backrest screens.

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Other airlines like Delta and JetBlue Airways still offer backrest entertainment systems.


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