I realize I’m a bit late to the party here (what else is new?), but I just have to put up a post about this. So yesterday United announced orders for 25 Airbus 350s and 25 Boeing 787s. First of all, I’m kind of happy about this. It was so sad to see United, the launch customer of the 777, continuing to fly an aging fleet with no plans for renewal. On the other hand I can’t totally blame them given the economic environment.
But at the same time I’m left confused. Aren’t Continental and United supposed to merge? What’s up with this Airbus garbage? I doubt United’s other half, Continental, approves of the Airbii. 😉
Anyway, in general the two different aircraft types makes quite a bit of sense. They can potentially serve different markets, with the A350 replacing the 777s while the B787s replace the 767s. Furthermore, United is avoiding putting all their “eggs in one basket,” since neither plane has taken flight yet, so who knows what kind of delays we’ll see. It seems like the aircraft manfucaturers are running on-time records that compete with the airlines nowadays.
Nonetheless I’m sticking to my merger guns. I’d be shocked if the A350 order wasn’t cancelled as soon as the Continental merger is announced (gosh, do I sound like a conspiracy theorist or what?).