United Airlines has placed an order for 25 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft and has pushed up the delivery for some of its previously ordered aircraft, COO Andrew Nocella said in a memo to employees.
The 25 new aircraft will be delivered in 2023, and 40 aircraft now are set to be delivered in 2022 and five in 2023 that had been scheduled for later delivery, Nocella said. Those are in addition to 24 Max aircraft already set for delivery in 2023, a total of 94 new aircraft.
After about 20 months of grounding, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration late last year cleared the aircraftto return to the sky. Nocella noted that prior to the grounding, United’s Max aircraft had its highest customer satisfaction scores among large narrowbody aircraft and that the new aircraft would make United’s fleet more fuel-efficient.
“Today, we’re even more confident in our ability to navigate the recovery, regardless of the inevitable bumps and dips in the months ahead,” Nocella said in the memo. “With a number of our aircraft nearing the end of their lifecycle and the growth opportunities that we know will exist in the Covid-19 recovery period, this agreement will help us to grow as demand returns and renew our fleet with more environmentally friendly, customer-pleasing aircraft.”