United Airlines (Chicago) is now considering the new Airbus A321LR (Longer Range) as a thin route replacement aircraft to its large and aging Boeing 757 fleet according to Reuters.
Boeing is now finally agreeing to look at this noticeable gap in its line-up between the Boeing 737-900ER and the 787-8 Dreamliner. Boeing stated on Monday is was discussing studies of a model slightly larger than the 757 with greater range.
United has also said it will look at what Boeing comes up with but it could be too late as Airbus is making inroads in this niche airplane market.
Avianca is also considering the Boeing 787-9 according to the article.
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Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. United is a large Boeing 757 operator (second to Delta) and also, because of the merger between United and Continental, is a large Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 operator. The 757-200 (especially with the pictured Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets) is ideal for the summer trans-Atlantic long and thin European markets. Boeing 757-222 N568UA (msn 26674) is seen at JFK International Airport in New York.