A great news for Airbus and another hit for its rival Boeing! United Airlines announced Tuesday that it has ordered 50 A321 XLR aircraft to replace its aging fleet of Boeing 757-200s, which are due to be phased out of flight programs in the near future. The contract is estimated at 5.8 billion euros at the list price. The first deliveries should start from 2024.
According to United’s executive VP, Andrew Nocella:”The new Airbus A321XLR aircraft is an ideal one-for-one replacement for the older, less-efficient aircraft currently operating between some of the most vital cities in our intercontinental network.”
For Boeing, this order from the European aircraft manufacturer is both a snub and an admission of helplessness.
Since mid-March, Boeing 737 MAX have been grounded following two crashes that killed 346 people.