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Cleared for Takeoff

United launches orders for the next generation of aircraft.

Photography Courtesy of the Aircraft Manufacturers

FOR THE MORE THAN 200,000 travelers who choose United Airlines each day, a pleasant travel experience is, quite simply, the intersection of safety, reliability, comfort and courtesy. To that end, United has invested tens of millions of dollars this year in our cabins, our airports, our products and our employees. And customers tell us they like the results. Yet, we think there’s more to do.

On December 8, United announced a significant investment—an order for 25 Airbus 350 XWB aircraft and 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with options for 50 more of each. These advanced aircraft will provide United’s customers with a significantly improved travel experience, with larger windows, more overhead bin space, improved lighting and a sense of greater relaxation as a result of cabin-pressurization improvements. Delivery is expected between 2016 and 2019.

Both new widebody aircraft types— with their smaller size, longer range, and lower operating costs—will enable United to serve a broader range of international destinations. The A350, for example, has a range 11 percent greater than United’s B747, and the B787 has a range 32 percent greater than the current B767. United’s network of U.S. hubs will allow for more nonstop service throughout Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East.

These next-generation airplanes will also reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions and, with quieter engines, the noise inside the plane as well as the impact to communities around the airports we serve. The new aircraft also promise greatly enhanced workplaces for our onboard crews, including state-ofthe art cockpits with advanced avionics, more service-friendly galley spaces and other features.

We’re looking to the future. And with new airplanes, it’s the next generation of United.

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