United Airlines Holdings has ordered 25 additional Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which it expects to take delivery of in 2023, and brought forward delivery of others as it prepares to replace aging planes and meet post-pandemic demand growth, the company said Monday.
U.S. airlines have parked and retired aircraft as the coronavirus pandemic sapped travel but are beginning to position their business for a recovery as more vaccines are distributed across the country and globally, Reuters reported.
“With a number of our aircraft nearing the end of their lifecycle and the growth opportunities that we know will exist in the COVID-19 recovery period, this agreement will help us to grow as demand returns,” Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Nocella said in a memo.
In addition to the new Boeing order, United said it has moved up delivery of 40 previously ordered MAX aircraft to 2022 and 5 to 2023, meaning it will have 94 new aircraft in its fleet over those two years.
Altogether, it has 188 orders for MAX.
Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas and Tracy Rucinski; additional reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Nick Zieminski.