United To Place Historic 787 Order Tuesday

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December 09, 2022
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United Airlines is set to place a historic order for over 100 Boeing 787s on Tuesday, December 13, according to Reuters.

The global news service reported that “Chicago-based United late on Thursday invited reporters to a “historic announcement” on Tuesday at the Boeing South Carolina factory that builds the 787 at an event that will feature the airline’s chief executive, Scott Kirby, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal.”

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United Airlines CEO J. Scott Kirby. Photo: United

United has an all-Boeing wide-body fleet made up of 96 777s with an average age of 19 years, 53 767s with an average age of 25.1 years and 66 787s with an average age of 5.1 years.

The airline also has 61 narrowbody 757s with an average age of 24.1 years. Of those 21 are of the larger -300 model with a passenger capacity of 234 passengers.

Back in October Boeing flagged that there was strong demand for the 787 and that production would be increased.

Boeing has also mooted new higher gross weight versions of the 787 which is produced in three models – 8, -9 and -10. United has all three models in its fleet with seating from 219 through to 318.

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