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United agrees to buy 150 new aircraft from Boeing

18-07-2012

In a move meant to update United’s aging fleet of workhorse Boeing 757s and Airbus A320s, United announced on Thursday that it would buy 150 new 737s from Boeing. Fifty of those planes, the current generation 737-900, will be delivered starting next year, while United will be first in line for the new 737 MAX 9 when it starts rolling off production lines in 2018. The orders have a combined retail value of $14 billion, though airlines typically receive large discounts that cut the purchase price in half. United plans to start retiring its Boeing 757s as it receives 737-900s next year. While the new aircraft will seat fewer people, they will burn much less fuel. Boeing used this week’s Farnborough Air Show to make up lost ground to Airbus’ A320neo, a revamped narrowbody jet that company unveiled last year. But while Airbus has more than 1,650 orders for the A320neo, including several smaller orders signed this week, Boeing has just 650 orders for the 737 MAX. In a separate announcement, regional carrier SkyWest announced it would buy 100 Mitsubishi MRJ regional jets, making SkyWest the first commercial airline ever to buy Mitsubishi’s aircraft. The 70- and 90-seat regional jets will replace some of SkyWest’s CRJs, which it flies for several different airlines. Deliveries are expected to start in 2017.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-united-continental-boeing-expected-to-a-10b-order-20120712,0,1491507.story

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-12/skywest-sees-mitsubishi-order-kicking-off-fleet-renewal

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