A Boeing 737 MAX 7 aircraft lands during an evaluation flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, Sept. 30, 2020.
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United Airlines is in advanced talks to buy a major order for narrow-body aircraft, including at least 100 Boeing 737 Max jets as part of a wider fleet renewal, Bloomberg News reported late Wednesday.
The airline is looking to upgrade its fleet and study several new fuel-efficient models at a time when Boeing and Airbus SE are hungry for deals while demand for vacation travel in the United States is soaring, the report said. people familiar with the discussions.
Boeing’s portion of the order could include 150 Max, Bloomberg News added.
“We do not currently have a deal with Boeing or Airbus to buy new aircraft and are not commenting on speculative aircraft orders,” United spokesman Luke Punzenberger said.
By March, the airline had ordered 25 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft as it prepares to replace aging jets and meet post-pandemic demand growth.
U.S. airline bookings are expected to pick up again this year due to rapid COVID-19 vaccination programs and easing restrictions after the pandemic triggered one of the industry’s worst recessions in 2020.
Boeing said the company will not comment on talks with customers.
The aircraft maker has offered some customers high discounts, lower prepayments and other benefits that may not be available once global air traffic returns to more normal levels, the report said.
Reuters reported last month that Boeing had tentative plans for another sprint in 737 MAX output to a staggering 42 jets per month by fall 2022.