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Some three years ago, United Airlines made a big decision: to order $12.4 billion worth of the new Airbus A350 jetliners. The Airbus A350 is a sophisticated wide-body carbon fiber aircraft that is supposed to compete with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. The plane boasts larger windows, quieter engines and jet lag reducing features. A big plus for passengers!
Will United Airlines Follow Through on Airbus A350 Order?
But now, United Airlines may be rethinking its landmark A350 order, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Here are more details from the report:
“United is weighing the conversion of Airbus A350-1000s as it looks to replace its fleet of 747 jumbo jets. The carrier could switch to a smaller version of the aircraft, or even the mid-sized A330. That would dent Airbus’s order book, since United is the second-largest customer for the -1000 variant, which took its first flight last week.”
The Airbus A350-1000 is the largest A350 and seats more passengers than the A350-900. Other airlines, such as Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific fly the new Airbus A350. Delta Air Lines is also awaiting delivery of a fleet of A350 aircraft.
Have you flown the A350 before? Feel free to share your thoughts below!