United Airlines has placed an order with Boeing for 100 787 aircraft with the option to purchase 100 more to modernize its fleet. The deal is said to be largest 787 Dreamliner order in Boeing history.
United is also purchasing 100 737 MAX jets, exercising 44 existing options and placing 56 new orders. The airline’s current orders for Boeing jets have surpassed 530, including more than 430 737 MAX airplanes.
Boeing believes the 787 Dreamliner provides United with unparalleled efficiency and flexibility by offering a 25% improvement in fuel use compared with the aircraft it replaces. The 737 MAX is also expected to improve fuel efficiency with a 20% reduction in fuel use and CO2 emissions.
United CEO Scott Kirby said: “United emerged from the pandemic as the world’s leading global airline and the flag carrier of the United States. This order further solidifies our lead and creates new opportunities for our customers, employees and shareholders by accelerating our plan to connect more people to more places around the globe and deliver the best experience in the sky.”
Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, commented: “With this investment in its future fleet, the 737 MAX and 787 will help United accelerate its fleet modernization and global growth strategy. The Boeing team is honored by United’s trust in our family of airplanes to connect people and transport cargo around the world for decades to come.”