United Airlines today announced orders to purchase 25 new Embraer E175 and 4 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
United expects to take delivery of the Embraer E175 aircraft in 2019 and expects to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9 aircraft in 2020.
The 25 new E175 aircraft will replace 25 CRJ700 aircraft currently being flown by our United Express partners. These new E175 purchases will allow United to offer a more comfortable and efficient aircraft to its customers.
The new 787-9 aircraft are part of United’s widebody fleet replacement strategy. The 787-9 is the longest-range version of the aircraft, while using 20 percent less fuel than older-generation aircraft. It will offer the airline’s all-new United Polaris business class seats and other modern amenities to provide a superior onboard experience to United’s customers.
Boeing also made the announcement:
Boeing and United Airlines announced the carrier has expanded its commitment to the 787 Dreamliner program with a repeat order for four more 787-9 airplanes. The deal, valued at about $1.1 billion per current list prices, was finalized this year and was listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.
The 787-9 is the longest-range Dreamliner with the ability to fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers), while using 20 percent less fuel than older generation airplanes. In United’s three-class configuration, the 787-9 seats about 250 passengers. The Chicago-based carrier also operates the smaller 787-8 and will be the North American launch customer of the larger 787-10.
United Airlines is one of the leading global carriers that have taken full advantage of the Dreamliner’s superior range and fuel efficiency, having deployed the 787 on some of the longest routes such as Houston to Sydney and San Francisco to Singapore. In all, the 787 Dreamliner family has made possible more than 180 new non-stop routes.
With this latest purchase, United Airlines has now ordered 55 787 Dreamliners. Nearly half of all 787 customers have placed repeat orders for the airplane.
The 787 is the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in history with nearly 1,400 sold and more than 700 delivered to customers. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 255 million passengers while saving an estimated 25 billion pounds of fuel.
Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N17963 (msn 37812) LHR (SPA). Image: 942824.
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