United Airlines places order for Boeing, Airbus aircraft

Dec 08, 2009 | 11:36 AM | Frank Haflich

United Airlines Inc. has ordered 25 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, but also picked the aircraft maker's European rival for a similar number of planes amid growing indications that the much-delayed 787 will, in fact, fly for the first time this year.

United, a subsidiary of Chicago-based UAL Corp., said it will buy 25 new 787-8s as well as 25 Airbus SAS A350 XWB planes in deals estimated to be worth a total of $10 billion. It also has future purchase rights for 50 of each aircraft.....

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