United buys A321XLRs as it no longer wastes time on the Boeing NMA
Major blow to the business case of the Boeing NMA
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December 4, 2019 - by RICHARD SCHUURMAN for airinsight.com
Think of something you desperately want to have but are unable to get it as the product keeps being unavailable.
What to do? United Airlines has found itself in this position in the last three years as it considered options to renew its fleet.
Instead of waiting for Boeing's yet to be launched New Mid-market Aircraft it has now 'set a course for the future' by buying 50 Airbus A321XLRs, it announced on December 3.
The news is a major blow to the business case of the Boeing NMA as United was seen as a serious potential customer for the type to replace its aging Boeing 757-200 fleet.
When announcing a deal for the MAX 10 at the 2017 Paris Air Show, United's David Letterman confirmed he was 'all ears' as to what Boeing was planning to do with the NMA...
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