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United Airlines plans to announce a major Boeing 787 Dreamliner
order next week, two sources briefed on the matter told reuters ,
Chicago-based United late on Thursday invited reporters to a
'historic announcement' on Tuesday at the Boeing South Carolina
factory that builds the 787 at an event that will feature the
airline's chief executive, Scott Kirby, and Boeing Commercial
Airplanes CEO Stan Deal.
Reuters reported last week that Boeing and United were close to
reaching a deal.
United and Boeing both declined to comment.
Kirby told pilots attending a Denver training session in August
that the carrier is planning to order more than 100 wide-body
airplanes. In October, Bloomberg News reported United was nearing
an order for more than 100 wide-body jets and was evaluating offers
from Boeing and Airbus SE's A350.
It is not clear how many 787s United may order.
The announcement comes after Boeing suffered a significant
setback this week when Congress failed to extend the Dec. 27
deadline for introducing a new safety standard for modern cockpit
alerts for two new versions of the 737 MAX as part of a must-pass
In October, Boeing said it was continuing to produce 787s at a
low rate, and 'will gradually return to five airplanes per month
over time.' Boeing said with strong demand and more than 400
wide-body airplanes in backlog 'we anticipate higher production
United had 64 Dreamliners at the end of September and will have
68 by the end of 2022.
In August, Boeing delivered its first 787 since May 2021 after
facing production problems. The Federal Aviation Administration
cleared the way for deliveries to resume after the agency approved
Boeing's inspection and retrofit plan needed to meet certification
standards in July.
Both Boeing and Airbus have reported growing demand for
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