On the heels of a string of late plane orders over the past year, United Airlines appears set to place a major order for narrowbody aircraft sometime in the next six months Reuters reports.
“They (United Continental) are looking at it,” said one of the sources. “Airbus and Boeing are getting ready. (United) sees the timing as good, just like the other guys.”
Another top industry source said United’s order could be “something like 100 or 200 (planes), but less than American,” referring to a recent order for 460 single-aisle planes worth up to $40 billion from AMR Corp’s (AMR.N) American Airlines.
The trend recently has been for airlines to split major orders with both American and Air France KLM placing significant orders that were split between Boeing and Airbus. United hasn’t offered any indication that it will split the order or place an exclusive order with one manufacturer. The airline currently operates a mix of Boeing and Airbus planes with Boeing making up its long-haul fleet and Airbus making up a majority of its short-haul fleet. It’s entire fleet is set to get a boost in Boeing planes regardless as its pending merger with Continental will add Continental’s all-Boeing fleet as well.