United Airlines close to announcing an order for more than 100 widebody jets

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United Airlines is nearing an order for more than 100 widebody jets and is evaluating offers for Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.

A deal could be announced by December although a timeline has not been finalized, according to the report, which added that United Airlines has been in discussions with the planemakers for months.

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News of the potential multi-billion dollar order comes at a time when international and business travel is recovering, though it will take some more time to reach pre-pandemic levels.

Demand for widebody jets is also returning after years of a market glut, a boost especially for Boeing, which is in the midst of a recovery from successive crises.

United Airlines Chief Executive Scott Kirby told pilots attending a Denver training session that the carrier is planning a “triple-digit” order to upgrade its fleet.

The airline last year unveiled a large narrowbody order for Boeing and Airbus jets. The carrier had over 800 jets in its mainline fleet, with a majority of the aircraft from Boeing, according to its latest annual filing.

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