United airlines has made a significant move by converting their earlier options and purchase rights into confirmed orders. They have committed to receiving 50 boeing 787-9 aircraft, scheduled for delivery from 2028 to 2031. Additionally, United has locked in 60 airbus A321neos to be delivered between 2028 and 2030. Furthermore, the company has obtained fresh options for as many as 50 more Boeing 787s and secured purchase rights for an extra 40 A321neo planes towards the end of the decade. This strategic decision reflects United's long-term planning for its fleet expansion and modernization.
"We're building a bright future at United and this order takes our already successful United Next plan into the next decade and beyond," said United CEO Scott Kirby. "Our planning and focus on the long term have helped us surge past other airlines that stood still. I'm convinced our strategy is the right one as we continue to add new, larger aircraft to take full advantage of our growing flying opportunities both internationally and domestically."
United expects to take delivery of about 800 new narrowbody and widebody aircraft between 2023 and the end of 2032.
United's latest aircraft order starts at the end of the decade and can be used for fleet growth or replacement, depending on the demand and the economic climate at the time. And from a widebody perspective, the 50 incremental 787-9s that United ordered today will allow the airline to further simplify its international fleet – another benefit to customers and employees as well as an area of cost savings.
United is already the largest carrier across the Atlantic and Pacific. The airline now has 150 Boeing 787s on firm order – more than any airline in the world.