United Places $15 Billion Order for 150 Boeing 737s
United Continental Holdings , the parent of United Airlines, has announced an order for 150 Boeing aircraft, including 100 Boeing 737 Max 9 jets and 50 Boeing 737-900ERs. The deal is worth $14.7 billion at current list prices. The aircraft will be delivered between 2013 and 2022 and will replace United’s older, less efficient equipment.
United will be the launch customer in North America for the 737 Max 9. It was previously the launch customer for other Boeing aircraft the 767, 777, and 787.
“United and Boeing share a rich history together and we are delighted United has chosen the 737 for its future fleet, renewing our partnership for decades to come,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We believe the 737 provides unsurpassed quality and value in the market and will provide efficiencies and other benefits to United’s operations.”
United will begin taking delivery of the 100 737 Max 9s in 2018. The new aircraft are more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than their predecessors, and have a lower operating cost. The planes will feature the Boeing Sky Interior, which offers LED lighting, quieter cabins, larger overhead bins, and a sense of greater interior space.
“These new aircraft, combined with our new widebody aircraft already on order and our existing fuel-efficient aircraft, will solidify United’s future fleet as one of the most efficient and environmentally responsible fleets among our global competitors,” said United’s President and CEO Jeff Smisek.
Both the 737 Max 9 and the 737-900ER can seat up to 180 passengers. Last year, United carried 142 million passengers, the most for any airline.