United sets course for the future with order of 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft

United Airlines orders 50 A321XRLs from ©Airbus

United Airlines has signed an order to purchase 50 new Airbus A321XLR aircraft, enabling the carrier to begin replacing and retiring its existing fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft and further meet the airline’s operational needs by pairing the optimal aircraft with select transatlantic routes. The state-of-the-art aircraft, which United expects to introduce into international service in 2024, will also allow the American carrier to explore serving additional destinations in Europe from its East Coast hubs in Newark/New York and Washington.

United plans to begin taking delivery of the Airbus A321XLR in 2024. Additionally, the airline will defer the delivery of its order of Airbus A350s until 2027 to better align with the carrier’s operational needs.

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