Assessing the United A350-900 order

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United Airlines last week returned to the Airbus A350-900 it originally ordered. It will replace Boeing 777-200ERs beginning in 2022. Image via Google.

Sept. 11, 2017, © Leeham Co.: The deal last week between United Airlines and Airbus was a winner for the carrier and a mixed win for the OEM.

Boeing was also a mixed winner.

  • United was in the best position to come out ahead, and it did.
  • Airbus kept a high-profile US customer, but the A350-1000 program took a hit.
  • Boeing’s strategy of putting 777-300ERs into United hurt the A350-1000, but UAL remained an A350 customer.

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