December 4, 2019 / 12:05 AM / 11 days ago

United orders 50 new Airbus long-range jets to replace Boeing 757s

CHICAGO, Dec 3 (Reuters) - United Airlines Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it has ordered 50 of Airbus SE’s long-range A321XLR jets to replace 53 Boeing 757s beginning in 2024, becoming the latest U.S. airline to ink a deal for the European planemaker’s newest passenger jet.

United is still open to ordering a potential new twin-aisle plane from Boeing Co if the U.S. planemaker decides to launch the aircraft, Chief Operating Officer Andrew Nocella told reporters.

Boeing has delayed a decision on the new aircraft until 2020 while it deals with the ongoing global grounding of its 737 MAX jets following two fatal crashes. (Reporting by Tracy Rucinski Editing by Chris Reese)

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