United Airlines Plans to Return its Grounded Boeing 777-200s with Pratt & Whitney Engines to the Skies

By Paul Riegler on 22 April 2021
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A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 in flight

United Airlines said that it does plan to return its grounded Boeing 777-200 planes to the skies “in the future,” without providing a specific timetable.

The airline grounded its fleet of 777-200 equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines on February 20 at the direction of federal regulators after a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 was forced to return to Denver International Airport after it suffered an engine failure shortly after taking off.

The incident sent engine debris raining down on the homes, cars, and soccer fields of a Denver suburb, Broomfield, Colorado.  The plane, which had 231 passengers and 10 crewmembers on board, landed safely, and no one aboard or on the ground was injured, authorities said at the time.

“We look forward to getting that aircraft back to safe operations in the future,” said the airline’s chief operations officer, Jon Roitman, on an earnings call with investors Tuesday.

The Chicago-based airline is the only U.S. carrier that operates Boeing 777-200s with the Pratt & Whitney engine, the FAA said

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