United Orders 35 Airbus A350-1000 Jets
On the heels of the launch of the Airbus A350 at the Paris Air Show, United Airlines announced it was converting its recently announced order for 25 A350-900s into A350-1000s and adding ten additional firm orders for that plane, for a total of 35.
United said it was using the aircraft to replace older, less efficient planes. Deliveries of the A350-1000s are expected to start in 2018.
The A350-1000 is the largest in the A350 XWB family. It uses roughly 20% less fuel per seat than the aircraft it will be replacing.
Manufactured from composites, titanium, and other advanced materials, the plane is powered by new Rolls-Royce Trent engines and will offer passengers more headroom, wide panoramic windows, and more overhead bin space.
United Airlines announced an order for 20 Boeing 787-10 aircraft on Tuesday (including the conversion of ten existing 787 orders) and last year ordered 100 Boeing 737 Max 9 and 50 Boeing 737-ER narrow body jets.