A Bloomberg News report has it that
United Airlines Holdings Inc is in advanced talks to buy a large narrow-body aircraft order, which would include at least 100 Boeing Co 737 Max jets as part of a broader fleet revamp.
According to Bloomberg, the aircraft order is an attempt to upgrade United Airlines’ fleet and study several new, fuel-efficient models at a time when the likes of Boeing and Airbus SE are hungry for deals while demand for leisure travel has been surging in the United States.
Boeing’s portion of the order could include 150 Max, Bloomberg News added.
In March, the airline had ordered 25 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, as it prepares to replace aging jets and meet post-pandemic demand growth.
Bookings for U.S. airlines should rebound this year on the back of speedy COVID-19 vaccination programs and easing restrictions after the pandemic caused one of the industry’s worst downturns in 2020.
The planemaker has been offering some customers steep discounts, reduced upfront payments and other inducements that may not be available once global air traffic returns to more normal levels, the report said.
A Reuters report last month had it that Boeing had drawn up preliminary plans for a fresh sprint in 737 MAX output to as many as 42 jets a month in fall 2022.