United Airlines is reportedly in talks to purchase 200 single-aisle aircraft in an order split between Airbus and Boeing.
If confirmed, the deal would include at least 100 168-seat Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners and up to 100 of the 200-seat A321neo aircraft, according to multiple media reports.
The negotiations with Boeing were first reported by Bloomberg, which said that the airline wants to upgrade its fleet at a time when travel is beginning to surge. The deal, Bloomberg said, could conceivably be for as many as 150 737 Max planes.
United already ordered 25 Boeing 737 Max jets in March as part of a fleet update program.
The deal would be a vote of confidence for the beleaguered 737 Max, which remains one of the key planes in Boeing’s lineup in terms of unit sales.
In March, Southwest placed an order for 100 Boeing 737 Max planes, the first order after the type had been grounded for almost two years following two hull losses. Southwest, which took an option for an additional 155, was the launch customer for the 737 Max.
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