United Airlines is purchasing 15 new Airbus aircraft, seven A319s and eight A320s. These are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2003. The aircraft will replace the airline’s aging Boeing 727-200 aircraft, which are scheduled to be retired by year-end 2003.
As of February 27, there are 103 Airbus aircraft in the United fleet, 35 A319s and 68 A320s. With the 74 previously announced firm orders and the current order of 15, United’s total number of existing and ordered Airbus aircraft rises to 192.
At year-end 2001, United’s operating fleet will consist of 619 aircraft with an average age of 9.7 years. During 2002, United will take delivery of 22 A319s, 22 A320s and 5 B777-200ER aircraft. In addition, the company is planning to retire 25 B727-200s in 2002. By year-end 2002, United will have an operating fleet of 643 aircraft.
United offers almost 2,300 scheduled flights a day to 134 destinations in 27 countries and two US territories.