United Airlines (UA) recently announced that it made the largest combined order in the airline’s history, purchasing 270 new planes to complete its fleet.
The Chicago-based airline will buy 270 new Airbus and Boeing aircraft, marking not only its biggest order ever but also the largest one by an individual carrier in the last decade. The order placed by the United Airlines includes Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft (50 planes), 150 pieces of its 737 MAX 10 and 70 Airbus A321neo planes.
According to the airline, all the planes will come with a signature interior including seat-back entertainment in every seat, larger overhead bins for the carry-on bags of passengers, LED lighting, and the fastest available WiFi. The new planes will increase by 75 percent the number of premium seats per North America departure.
First class seats will feature 13-inch high-definition screens and economy class seats will come with 10-inch HD screens. There will be a collection of more than 2,800 movies, and TV shows to choose from, as well as podcasts, games and audio playlists. All the seats will also have access to electrical power and USB charge ports as well as accessibility features for passengers with visual or hearing disabilities.
The new aircraft are meant to improve the customer experience and increase by 30 percent the total number of available seats per domestic departure. There will also be a reduction in carbon emissions per seat. UA has witnessed a surge in demand brought by the end of restrictions caused by the global health crisis.
United Airlines claims that along with this current order, it plans to introduce over 500 new narrow-body aircraft during the next years. 40 planes will be introduced next year, 138 in 2023 and 350 in 2024 and beyond.
Also as a result of adding the new aircraft, the airline expects to create 25,000 unionized jobs.