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United defers first four A350s

United Airlines has deferred its first four Airbus A350-1000 deliveries, as it continues to consider alternatives to the aircraft.

The Chicago-based carrier says the deliveries have been moved "out of 2018", in a quarterly earnings statement today. It does not say when the A350s will be delivered.

It remains unclear whether United will take the 35 A350-1000s it has on order, the first of which are now due in 2019.

“That’s an order we’re paying a lot of attention to and considering different alternatives,” said Andrew Levy, chief financial officer of United, on the A350 order in February. He has since said that the airline continues to evaluate its widebody fleet needs.

United also moved 12 Boeing 737 Max 9 deliveries forward to 2019, and two Boeing 787-10 deliveries to earlier that year, it says.

The carrier has orders for 61 737 Max 9s and 14 787-10s with the first of both due in 2018.

United continues to expect its first of 100 737 Max 10s in 2020, it says.

United management will present its second quarter earnings and discuss the fleet changes on 19 July.

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