Last year United’s CFO shared that the airline may modify its order for A350-1000sfor smaller models. Today Airbus announced that United Airlines increased the number of A350 XWB aircraft it will bring into its fleet, updating and expanding its previously existing order for 35 A350-1000 to 45 A350-900 widebody aircraft to replace older, less efficient aircraft, supporting future growth at the airline.
“For the past year, United has done a complete review to ensure that we have the right long-term fleet strategy, and it was clear that the A350 aligns with our replacement needs and our network,” said Andrew Levy, Chief Financial Officer of United Airlines. “The combination of the range performance and efficiencies make the A350 an attractive aircraft for United.”
Ensuring United stayed an A350 customer is key for Airbus. So Airbus loses some A350-1000 orders but gains -900 orders. United needs a state of art aircraft to replace older 777s and the 747s but doesn’t want to lose any deposits. Both sides can declare victory.