The Strategist

United Airlines switches from Boeing to Airbus

12/04/2019 - 09:36

The American airline United Airlines announced that it decided to replace its existing Boeing 757-200s fleet with the Airbus A321XLR.

Brian Robert Marshall
Brian Robert Marshall
Delivery of already ordered 50 new aircraft should begin in 2024.

Boeing is currently unable to supply new mid-range aircraft to compete with the Airbus A321XLR. In addition, its aircraft technology is losing popularity in connection with the scandal associated with two crashes of 737 MAX family liners, which killed 346 people. It is believed that the crash was caused by a  mismatch in the software systems of the aircraft. All airlines in the world have stopped operating Boeing 737 aircraft of the MAX family since March of this year.

Airbus introduced the A321XLR only in June this year at the Paris Air Show. The range of the new narrow-body aircraft is 15% higher than that of its predecessor, the A321LR model, which makes it an economical alternative to long-range wide-body aircraft.

United Airlines said it intends to use the new aircraft to serve European routes with departures from New York and Washington.