How will United use its 787-10s?

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, United Airlines has options with its Boeing 787 orders.

The Chicago-based carrier’s latest order for 20 roughly 320-seat -10 variants only reconfirms this fact. The aircraft are slated to replace “older, less efficient aircraft”, according to a release, but – considering that their deliveries are five years out – could really be used for anything.


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If United maintains the replacement line, its Boeing 777-200s are the likeliest candidate. Its oldest 777s, which seat between 253 to 348 passengers, will be 24 years old when the -10s start arriving. This is just about the 25 year useful life that airlines generally use for aircraft, though many can and are flown longer.

Economic conditions could also easily change in five years – any one remember the generally optimistic outlooks that were maintained almost up to Lehman Brothers collapse and the ensuing credit crunch in 2008? United has time to change track and opt to either grow or shrink its fleet.

The airline declines to elaborate on its plans for the 787-10s beyond that they will be used as replacement aircraft.

United’s order for 787s is now split between 39 -8s and -9s – it has not specified the breakdown – and 20 -10s. It has six -8s in its fleet.

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One Response to How will United use its 787-10s?

  1. christopher smith 21 August, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    I am so glad I get to take this time to tell you how terrible my trip was going back to Costa Rica. After leaving lass Vegas is when it went all downhill from there. First, The Delta employees need some training on how to take care of the customer. The Asian lady working the service help desk really needs to calm down and learn how to problem solve instead of freaking out in front of customers ranting and slamming her hand on papers interrupting the young girl from Delta who was giving out the service packets. If I ran my business this way I would be out of Business. I find it really hard to believe such a big company like Delta has such bad customer service people employed. I was in such shock of how the customers and I were treated by your employees. I am in utter disbelief that not one person offered to even get me something to eat. I could go on and on about my trip but I’m sure it will fall on deaf ears anyways. Let me say THANK YOU DELTA FOR COSTING ME A DAYS PAY. The only positive thing I can say about Delta is the lady that was working the gate in Atlanta for the flight to San Jose CR was Very nice she was overweight but this lady was so pleasant I thought I was on another Airline. I wish I could remember her name but at the time I just needed to get home and sleep. I did learn a lesson through this don’t fly with DELTA AIRLINES. I’m so glad to know I can go to social media to let others know how bad my experience was with DELTA AIRLINES. My name is Christopher Hugh Smith not Christopher Hug Smith which you couldn’t even get that right.

    Thanks for nothing DELTA AIRLINES,
    Christopher Hugh Smith

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