United Airlines is in talks with both Boeing and Airbus for a purchase that would help it replace the roughly 50Boeing 767s that currently fly in its fleet.
According to a Reuters report, Europe’s Airbus is expected to offer its upgraded A330neo jet against Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner in a deal potentially worth some US $14 billion at list prices.
“We are always talking to our manufacturers about future fleet plans, but we won’t comment on the nature of those discussions,” USA TODAY quoted Frank Benenati, spokesman.
United’s Boeing 767s are among the oldest types of planes in the carrier’s mainline fleet, with an average age of about 21 years.
United already flies Boeing 787 Dreamliners and has more on order. Once United begins taking delivery of its first “dash 10” variants of the 787 later this year, its fleet will include all three versions of the jet produced by Boeing. United was one of the first customers to begin flying Boeing’s first Dreamliner model – the 787-8.