United Goes Shopping, Racks Up $14 Billion Airplane Order
Who wants some new airplanes? Apparently, United. The airline is looking for plenty, as they just signed the papers for a whole bunch of jets from their buddies over at Boeing. In total they’re going to pick up around 150 new airplanes, but don’t rush out to book a ticket to experience the new airplanes just yet. They'll likely be delivered slowly but surely over the next few years.
No jumbo jets here, but there are plenty of single-engine jets that still do a good job of getting passengers from here to there. Fifty of the planes will be Boeing 737-900ERs, and if the check clears these should begin to trickle onto the runway as soon as 2013. After that there’s 100 more 737s scheduled to arrive beginning in 2018. These are to be the 737 MAX 9 aircraft that feature the latest in fuel sipping engines and other technology advances—like winglets! The only bummer is that Boeing just has to build them first.
In total the value for all these airplanes is probably around $14 billion; however, we’re pretty sure that United was able to talk themselves into a deal. It was either a bulk discount with Boeing, or they just had like a ten percent off coupon or something.