BRUSSELS Dec 9 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer
Embraer (EMBR3.SA)(ERJ.N) will be invited to join a tender to
supply narrow-bodied planes to United Airlines, the head of
United's parent company UAL Corp UAUA.O said on Wednesday.
"We are going to go into the narrow-bodied (plane) market
next year. We are going to invite Embraer into that
competition," UAL Chief Executive Glenn Tilton said in an
Tilton also said he was seeing a gradual, steady improvement
in the corporate and international travel market and that media
estimates of the size of discounts that UAL won on plane orders
it placed this week were "on the low side".
Taking advantage of reduced market prices, United Airlines
said on Tuesday it had placed a $10 billion-plus order for 50
wide-bodied jetliners divided between Airbus EAD.PA and Boeing
United has letters of intent to order 25 of Boeing's 787
Dreamliners and the same number of A350 planes from its European
rival Airbus, part of EADS, following a six-month contest. The
carrier also has future purchase rights for 50 of each aircraft.
(Reporting by Pete Harrison, editing by Dale Hudson)