Q&A on United - More Orders to Come for Bombardier? Embraer?
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9:15 - Montreal February 23, 2016
Question: If we make the total order calculation, it seems like United still has not completed its smaller aircraft purchasing?
Answer from an aviation professional following the United transactions:
Yes and no. If United wants to increase its 76 seat aircraft operated by the regionals, then no, they have not completed their narrowbody purchases. In fact, as an extreme example, they could order 1000 737s and they would still need to order the C Series or Embraer E2 aircraft.
If United is content with the current quantity restriction of their 76 seat jet fleet then unfortunately they would not require any C Series or E2 aircraft orders and these Boeing orders could serve their fleet needs.
No doubt the press will make this out to be a Bombardier lost order without any knowledge of United's narrowbody fleet plan or knowledge of their pilot contractual obligations. Poor journalism however seems to be a consistent theme in the aerospace sector.