United Airlines will have ten additional A350s, but of a different version. Airbus has announced that the American carrier is updating its existing order consisting of 35 A350-1000 to the 45 A350-900.
The new A350s of the United should gradually replace its 777-200ER.
These new wide-body aircraft will replace United's older and less efficient aircraft in its fleet and will ensure the future growth of the company.
"Last year, United analyzed in detail its long-term strategy to ensure the company has a fleet that meets its needs and concluded that the A350 will be perfectly adapted to our needs and our network," said Andrew Levy, Chief Financial Officer of United Airlines. According to him, the A350's performance in terms of range and efficiency makes it a real asset for United.
"Updating and extending this order is a sign of confidence in the A350 XWB family. This solid partnership between United and Airbus goes back many years, and we have worked together to meet the company's future needs and even surpass them. The company's decision to increase its fleet of wide-body aircraft by acquiring Airbus wide-body aircraft for the first time demonstrates its conviction that the A350 will meet its financial and performance requirements, as well as the expectations of its customers, who will appreciate the quietest and most comfortable cabin in its class," said John Leahy, the Sales Manager at Airbus.
Recall that United had announced last July to postpone delivery of four Airbus A350-1000 and that it evaluated the rest of its order for smaller models like the A350-900. It then claimed that the transpacific sector was suffering from overcapacity. The new A350s should gradually replace its 777-200ER.