United Airlines has provided a major boost to Boeing with a massive order for 200 737 MAX jets across 150 737-10’s, the largest member of the 737 MAX family and the remaining 50 orders for 737-8s.
The american carrier becomes the launch customer for Boeing’s 737-10 with this order.
The 737-10 seats up to 230 passengers in a single-class configuration and can fly up to 3,300 miles.
It can cover 99% of single-aisle routes, including routes served by older less efficient Boeing 757s.
“Our ‘United Next’ vision will revolutionize the experience of flying United as we accelerate our business to meet a resurgence in air travel,” said United CEO Scott Kirby. “By adding and upgrading this many aircraft so quickly with our new signature interiors, we’ll combine friendly, helpful service with the best experience in the sky, all across our premier global network. At the same time, this move underscores the critical role United plays in fueling the broader U.S. economy – we expect the addition of these new aircraft will have a significant economic impact on the communities we serve in terms of job creation, traveler spending and the shipping of goods and services.”
United’s order book for the fuel-efficient, single-aisle family jetliners now stands at 380 airplanes, including 30 that have been delivered.
United has converted 100 737-9 orders to the larger 737-10 variant.
The airline has also contracted for Boeing to provide 737 MAX training simulator data packages to support United’s pilot training programs.
“We are truly humbled by United Airlines’ confidence in the people of Boeing and the airplanes we design and build every day. Our strong partnership, dating back to United’s founding, has helped us grow and weather challenges through the decades. As we look forward to the recovery ahead, we are honored that United has once again chosen the 737 family’s performance, efficiency and flexibility to power their growing network. The Boeing team is excited to be building hundreds of these new jets for United and delivering on a landmark agreement that solidifies our future together for the next decades,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The 737-8 seats up to 189 passengers and can fly 3,550 nautical miles – about 600 miles farther than its predecessor.
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