In-Depth Analysis: United Airlines’ 2019 Fleet Plan

A United Airlines 747 at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

By Anna Breuer on 30 January 2019
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United Airlines, the world’s second largest airline by passenger traffic, will make a number of significant changes to its fleet in 2019.

The Chicago-based airline operates a mostly Boeing fleet of narrow- and wide-body aircraft in its mainline fleet along with a small number of Airbus A320 family aircraft. The total number of aircraft in the fleet was 773 as of January 2019.

In 2012, United became the first U.S. airline to operate the high-tech Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with the 787-8. It was the North American launch customer for the 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners as well. United is the second-largest operator of Boeing 757s and 767s, with a total of 128. Delta is the largest with 206.

A United Boeing 777-200ER

A United Boeing 777-200ER

United was one of two final U.S. operators of the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies. It launched 747 Friend Ship service in 1970, the jumbo jet’s first year for passenger service, with a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu. For its final 747 flight in 2017, United pulled out all stops in recreating the original flight on that route. Smoking, however, was not allowed.

The airline of the friendly skies effectively replaced the 747 with the single-deck Boeing 777-300ER which, with a capacity of 350 passengers, holds almost as many as the 747, which in its final configuration had a capacity of 374.

Here’s a look at what 2019 holds in store for United.

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