United Airlines nears deal with Boeing for major 787 order

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United Airlines is close to reaching a deal with Boeing for a major 787 Dreamliner order, two sources briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The precise size of the order could not immediately be determined but is expected to be significant and announced as soon as this month, the sources said.

United Airlines takes delivery of its fifteenth Boeing 787-10.

The Wall Street Journal, which reported the plan earlier, said United was close to ordering dozens of 787 Dreamliners.

In October, Bloomberg News said United was nearing an order for more than 100 widebody jets and was evaluating offers from Boeing and for Airbus.

As of the end of September, United had 64 787 Dreamliners, and is expected to close the year with 68.