United Airlines makes big Boeing order, includes 100 787 Dreamliners

United Airlines (UAL.O) said Tuesday it is ordering 100 Boeing (BA.N) 787 Dreamliners and 100 737 MAXs as it pushes for post-pandemic growth and replaces older, less-efficient aircraft.

The Chicago-based airline’s order for 200 airplanes is worth about $43 billion at list prices and represents a big boost to the U.S. planemaker after political and production issues for the two planes this year.

United said its new order of 100 737 MAX airplanes includes exercising options to purchase 44 737 MAX aircraft for delivery between 2024 and 2026 and had ordered 56 more MAX aircraft for delivery between 2027 and 2028 and now 443 MAXs on order.

United’s big bet on the 787 reflects expectations for continued rising demand for long-haul travel and a desire to replace older airplanes. Boeing said it was the biggest Dreamliner order, while United said it represents the largest widebody order by a U.S. carrier.

By David Shepardson via Reuters

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