United Airlines is expanding its 787 Dreamliner fleet again with a new order for nine Boeing 787-9 aircraft in a deal valued at $2.53 billion according to list prices.
United Airlines says the order reflects its fleet strategy of replacing older widebody aircraft with new, such as the 787-9, which can fly further and use 20 per cent less fuel with 20 per cent fewer emissions. The US carrier, which announced a purchase of four 787-9s in July, has now ordered 64 Dreamliners.
Boeing said the latest deal continues the strong momentum for the 787 Dreamliner family, with net orders now above 100 for the year and just one shy of 1,400 since the start of the program. Nearly half of all 787 customers have returned to place additional orders for the aircraft, helping to make it the fastest-selling widebody jet in history.
United began flying the Dreamliner in 2012, using the long range and fuel efficiency of the 787-8 and 787-9 to serve intercontinental routes such as Houston to Sydney and San Francisco to Singapore. The 787-9 can fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers) and serve 290 passengers in a standard configuration.
Later this year, the carrier is set to take delivery of the largest member of the Dreamliner family, the 787-10, which can seat up to 330 passengers in a standard configuration.
United has announced plans to debut its first 787-10 on premium transcontinental routes in the US, boosting its coast-to-coast schedules to offer passengers travelling between New York/Newark and Los Angeles and San Francisco more flights and more premium seats.