United Airlines Buy Forty Boeing Jets; Bombardier Loses a Customer for its C Series model
United chose Boeing for its $3 billion deal which was a blow to Bombardier's bid for its C Series model.
Boeing won the order from United Airlines order for forty small jetliners. Announcing the deal on Thursday, United Airlines said it will buy forty small planes from Boeing Co. in a deal of $3.2 billion. With that, the hopes of Bombardier Inc., getting a major customer for its C Series comes to an end.
Headquartered in Montreal, Bombardier, the Canadian airplane and train manufacturer has not secured any order for the CSeries in past one year. It's a new carbon-composite aircraft that has two models with seating capacity between one hundred and hundred and sixty. These are also equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines that are designed with fuel efficiency.
Boeing 737-700s are designed to accommodate hundred and twenty six people. These will be flown by pilots of United reducing its dependence on contractors with growing shortage of regional pilots in the U. S.
United's acting CFO, Gerry Laderman, said in a quarterly conference call that the lower prices of fuel do not play a major role when it comes to long-term fleet orders. He also said that United was still considering other orders for narrow body planes from Bombardier, Airbus Group SE and Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer SA.
Laderman said, "As I mentioned we will continue to look at aircraft and we will continue to look at each of those types."
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