Airbus, Boeing vie for United Continental Aircraft Deal

By Paul Riegler on 25 November 2011
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The world’s two major aircraft suppliers, Airbus and Boeing, are reportedly vying for a 150-jet order from United Continental, the world’s largest airline.  The deal is said to be worth $15 billion and could include as many as 180 aircraft, including some next-generation narrowbody jets.

The order is expected to consist of the Airbus A320 and its variants or the Boeing 737 family of aircraft.  It could also be split between the two aircraft manufacturers.

In the summer, American Airlines placed an order for 480 jets, splitting the deal between the two manufacturers.  Earlier this week, American revealed more information about its order, having specified 130 of the Airbus A319 and A321 variants.  The airline has a total of 260 narrowbody jets on order with Airbus.

American Airlines also has 200 Boeing 737 aircraft on order, with options for an additional 100. The airline will start to take delivery of 100 aircraft from the Boeing 737NG family starting in 2013 and also plans to acquire 100 Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

United’s last aircraft purchase was in 2009, when it split an order for larger planes between Airbus and Boeing.


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