United weighs purchase of new Boeing 767 passenger jets: WSJ

Customers of United wait in line to check in at Newark International airport in New Jersey, November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Continental Holdings Inc UAL.N is considering replacing wide-body planes with new Boeing 767 passenger jets, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The move would mark a reversal for Boeing Co BA.N, which stopped making the passenger version of the jet three years ago. The aerospace company has been eyeing ways to restart production of the model, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the plans.

United has been looking at options for replacing some 767 passenger jets used on transatlantic routes and to South America and whose average age is about 20 years old, according to the report.

A spokesman for the airline said it holds regular discussions about its fleet needs with manufacturers, including Boeing and Airbus AIR.PA.

“We have not recently asked for an offer for any particular wide-body aircraft type but have in the ordinary course of discussions asked for information about several wide-body aircraft, including the 767,” the United spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Boeing did not respond to requests for comment or confirmation on the report.

Reporting by Chris Prentice; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn