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United Airlines Orders Fifty Airbus A321XLRs Marking The Future For Long-Haul Service

Updated: Jan 11, 2020

On Tuesday, United Airlines announced an order for fifty long-haul Airbus A321XLRs. The longtime Boeing customer has selected a natural replacement for their Boeing 757-200s.

United Airlines Airbus A321XLR - Courtesy United Airlines

Today, United Airlines announced a logical replacement for their aging Boeing 757-200s with an order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs. The Chicago-based carrier is a longtime Boeing customer, though they have long operated aircraft from both major manufacturers. The new order will allow United to replace their existing 757-200 fleet with more efficient and capable aircraft on select transatlantic routes. Beginning in 2024, United will introduce the state-of-the art aircraft on international routes, allowing United to explore European route expansion from its East Coast hubs in Newark/New York and Washington. In today’s announcement, United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Nocella said,

“The new Airbus A321XLR aircraft is an ideal one-on-one replacement for the older, less efficient aircraft currently operating between some of the most vital cities in our intercontinental network. In addition to strengthening our ability to fly more efficiently, the A321LXR’s range capabilities open potential new destinations to further develop our route network and provide customers with more options to travel the globe.”

United’s choice of the next-generation Airbus A321XLR brings modern customer conveniences such as an elevated flight experience with larger overhead bins, Wi-Fi connectivity and LED lighting. Additionally, the aircraft promises a 30% reduction in fuel burn compared to previous generation aircraft along with the associated reduction in environmental impact. United Airlines is committed to reducing its environmental impact by 50% relative to 2005 levels by 2050. Today’s announcement reflects a realignment of United’s Airbus orders and includes a deferral of A350s on order until 2027 to match operational needs.

Source: United Airlines

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