United announces order of 50 Airbus aircraft to replace older Boeing aircraft

Dec 4 (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) said on Wednesday it would order 50 Airbus SE A321XLR aircraft for flights between the United States and Europe. United Airlines is the latest U.S. airline to sign a deal with the European aircraft maker, the report said.

United announces order of 50 Airbus aircraft to replace older Boeing aircraft

United Airlines said the A321XLR will replace 53 Boeing 757-200 aircraft and fly to potential new destinations such as Portugal from 2024, the report said. It is believed that The United Airlines 757 will reach its life limit in about 10 years, and Boeing will no longer produce the large single-aisle aircraft.

United Airlines Chief Operating Officer Andrew Nocella said the airline worked closely with Boeing on potential new aircraft and would still accept orders if boeing decided to continue developing NMA.

The U.S. media said United’s decision comes at a time when Boeing is in crisis over two crashes in its 737 Max and is unable to devote more effort to designing a new mid-market aircraft.

American Airlines Group, JetBlue Airways and Elf Airlines have reportedly agreed to order the new Airbus A320 family airliner.

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