United orders 50 A321XLRs
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December 4, 2019 - by Scott Hamilton for leehamnews.com
United Airlines today announced an order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs.
The airplane has an advertised range of 4,700nm (5,400 statute miles), or a nine hour flight.
UAL will replace its aging Boeing 757s on a one-for-one basis beginning in 2024.
The XLR's targeted entry into service is 2023.
Defers A350, again
Simultaneously, United deferred its order for the Airbus A350 XWB to 2027. UA repeatedly deferred delivery of the wide-body aircraft, which was ordered in 2009. First delivery was originally scheduled for 2013. There are 14 years from the original delivery date to the new one.
Officials at United are prone to favor Boeing, especially for wide-bodies, over Airbus.
The A350-900 has slightly less capacity but more range than the Boeing 787-10. United is a 787-10 customer.
The A350-1000 has about the same capacity more slightly more range than the Boeing...
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