United Airlines places massive Boeing and Airbus aircraft order

Boeing 737 Max 10 in the United Airlines livery. Image: © United Airlines

Chicago-based carrier United Airlines has announced a large aircraft order comprising of 200 Boeing 737 Max and 70 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

The 737 Max order consists of 50 Max 8 and 150 Max 10. The latter version is the longest variant of the 737 Max, which recently performed its first flight. In total, United now has 410 orders for the 737 Max aircraft family, 30 of which have so far been delivered, according to Boeing.

This order is one of the largest ever in the airline industry and by far the biggest one in United Airlines history by volume at 270 aircraft. Additionally, it is also the largest order by any airline since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, surpassing Southwest Airlines‘ order for 100 Boeing 737 Max 7 earlier this year and the second largest order for a US-based airline after American Airlines ordered 460 narrow body jets from Airbus and Boeing in 2011.

United Airlines plans to use these new aircraft to start replacing its aging Boeing 737NG, Airbus A320 family and Boeing 757 aircraft. Before this announcement, the airline had outstanding firm orders for 50 Airbus A321XLR, 45 Airbus A350-900 and 210 Boeing 737 Max family aircraft of all variants, except the Max 7.

These new aircraft will all be equipped with United’s new interior debuted on the airline’s first 737 Max 8 delivered just two days ago featuring a new cabin design and personal IFE screens at every seat. The carrier plans to retrofit its entire fleet with the new cabin by 2025.