United Places New Order for Airbus A350 XWBs

By Jesse Sokolow on 6 September 2017
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An A350 Cockpit

An A350 Cockpit

United Airlines and Airbus announced an order for 45 Airbus A350-900s. The aircraft model and number is an updated version of the carrier’s previous order of 35 A350-1000s, which the airline has since cancelled.

The A350-900 is part of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB family, which can seat up to 369 passengers in a typical two-class layout.  It has a carbon fuselage and new wings, and is powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, all of which contribute to a 25% fuel burn reduction.

The planes will be the first Airbus wide-body aircraft to join United’s fleet. United first placed the order for the planes in June 2013, although that order itself was changed from an original order of 25 A350-900s.

Airbus currently has orders for 848 A350 XWBs from 45 customers worldwide.

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