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United Airlines 2016 Fleet Plan

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Some of the highlights for the next year include taking delivery of older A319s from China Southern, new 737-900ERs, Dreamliners, and its first 777-300ER. (airwaysnews.com) المزيد...

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ozbill2
joe bloom 5
Used A/C from China, and run out ones from COPA, great fleet plan. UA is a torture chamber calling itself an airline.
curtlnss
Curtis Wester 4
Used aircraft from China!!! Say it ain't so Bob Six, say it ain't so!!
SWEATINTHSWAMP
SWEATINTHSWAMP 3
Do you think they will bother to replace the Chinese signs with English or just ignore it and slap a Globe on the tail and let er rip.
julianjim
jim garrity 3
Well, AA flies A-319 from PHX-ANC!How nice can 6hrs. be in that?
tyketto
Brad Littlejohn 2
This definitely firms up the MOU UAL signed earlier about the A350 replacing either the 772s or B744s in their fleet. If I remember reading that MOU, the B787 was to replace the B767s they were phasing out, but it looks like they are keeping them now.

And B772s for *domestic* flights? Hearkens back to the late 90s when they were using B744s for domestic runs. Is capacity picking up again?
ozbill2
joe bloom 2
Cheap capacity over comfort.
swannie
swannie 1
I live in Chicago and used to travel to Denver a lot for business, I always tried to get on the 777's ... nice planes back then. I miss the 2-5-2 seating.
boughbw
Brian Bough 1
I actually caught a United 777 from ORD to DEN. The plane had come in from a long-haul to ORD and was headed out on a long-haul from DEN. Maybe the domestic flights are just about positioning the planes.

This news strikes me as being as weird as Delta's recent commitment to purchase 20 737-900ERs and 20 Embraer 190s. The target would appear to be 757s on domestic flights and right-sizing on the smaller planes. But it seems to have no observable plan for replacing their MD-88s or A320s(-18s and -19s).

The commonality is that both airlines seem to be continuing to stock their fleets with a wide variety of planes. And here I thought the objective was to reduce maintenance costs by reducing the variety of planes flown...
japanjeff
japanjeff 1
Yea, I've been confused by these airlines buying both Airbus and Boeing aircraft in the same category (e.g. A320 and B737). What's the rationale for doing that?

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