Thursday, July 12, 2012
United Makes $14.7 Billion Boeing Order
United Airlines placed a big $14.7 billion order with Boeing, selecting 100 of the re-engined 737 Max 9s and 50 current generation 737-900ERs.
United is the launch customer in the United States for the 737 Max 9, which can seat up to 180 passengers and is equipped with the LEAP-1B engines from CFM International for improved fuel-efficiency.
“This order is a major step in building the world's leading airline, and we look forward to offering our customers the modern features and reliability of new Boeing airplanes, while also making our fleet more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly," said Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United. "New aircraft deliveries support our flexible fleet plan, permitting us to tailor future capacity up or down, based on changes in demand or other market conditions.”
Boeing has seen increased interest in its 737 aircraft family at the 2012 Farnborough Air Show. This week, the airframe manufacturer announced a firm $7.2 billion order for 75 737 Max aircraft.
“To witness the first commercial airplane to surpass 10,000 orders is monumental,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of the Boeing 737 program.