United Airlines buys 110 additional Boeing, Airbus jets into the 2030s with delivery slots scarce

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A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

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United Airlines is ordering 110 additional Boeing and Airbus jetliners, locking in a supply of new planes into the next decade as strong demand and supply chain challenges make new delivery slots scarce.

“We would not normally order jets this far out,” United’s chief commercial officer, Andrew Nocella, told reporters Tuesday. Production lines are increasingly being affected by delivery delays and supply-chain disruptions. Deliveries of the new planes are scheduled to start in 2028.

United’s order consists of 50 more Boeing 787 Dreamliners, adding to a firm order of 100 of the twin-aisle planes it announced last December, along with 50 more options. The Chicago-based carrier is also purchasing 60 Airbus A321neos on top of 120 planes it had previously ordered with the European manufacturer. This includes 50 of the upcoming extra-long range version. United has added 40 Airbus A321 options. United Airlines’ new amenities kit

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The airline has increased its order to meet the demand for more fuel-efficient aircraft in response to the post-Covid boom. Delivery delays have left airlines with a shortfall of planes, while upgrades that target an increasing number of travelers willing to splurge on premium seats have also run behind schedule.

United on Tuesday announced a revamp of its bedding and amenities kits for its Polaris business class, which include eye serums and a face spray.