7 June 10 - United Airlines is in talks to place a single-million-dollar order for multi-billion jets potentially split between Boeing and Airbus, industry sources said.
If confirmed, the deal could include over 100 Boeing products 737 MAX 8 and several dozen larger airbus A 321 neo Jets, they said, asking not to be identified
The carrier is looking to upgrade its fleet at a time when the industry in the United States is flying, according to Bloomberg News, which had reported the Boeing negotiations on first.
That part of the order could add to 150 Max, it said.
We do not currently have a deal with Boeing or Airbus to purchase new aircraft and do not comment on speculative aircraft orders, United spokesperson Luke Punzenberger said in response to the earlier report.
Boeing and Airbus both said that they do not comment on customer discussions.
In March, United ordered 25 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft as it prepares to replace aging jets and meet post-pandemic demand growth.
Bookings for the U.S. airlines are expected to rebound this year on the back of COVID-19 - vaccinations and easing restrictions after the pandemic caused the industry's worst downturn ever.
A deal split between the 168 seat Boeing 737 MAX 8 and the about 200 seat A 321 Nineo would deliver a broad boost to the aerospace sector as it clambers out of the crisis of COVID 19.
It would enhance Boeing's main revenue share, the MAX 8 after a safety grounding, while reinforcing a trend towards Airbus at the higher end of the transatlantic segment that threatens to affect the product line-up in its busy single-aisle duopoly.
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