United Looks To Expand International Service With
Boeing and United Airlines have finalized an order for 25 787-8
jetliners. The agreement includes the opportunity to purchase
another 50 Dreamliners. "Boeing and United Airlines share an
80-year partnership," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. "United, which launched the Boeing 777, now
begins a new chapter with the 787 Dreamliner, the most
technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built."
The order is valued at $4.2 billion at average list prices.
"United's Boeing 787 order represents a substantial investment
in our future and will enhance the significant progress we are
making in improving the global competitiveness of our company while
providing the opportunity to open new profitable markets and serve
a broader range of international destinations," said John Tague,
president of United Airlines.
United expects to take delivery of the 787s at the same time it
will begin to retire its Boeing 747s and 767s operating on
The 787 Dreamliner, currently in flight test, will provide
greater fuel efficiency, allowing airlines to add new, nonstop city
pairs and additional frequencies. Boeing says the 787 will also
provide airlines with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue