United Airlines' (UAL) new business jet fractional ownership subsidiary is expected to announce orders for up to six aircraft types from at least two suppliers at next month's Paris air show. The development comes as Stuart Oran, currently United's senior vice-president international, is named president of the venture.

The unnamed subsidiary has a memorandum of understanding with Dassault Aviation for the supply of up to 40 business jets plus a similar number of options from its range, which includes the mid-sized Falcon 50EX, the large-cabin Falcon 900 and the transcontinental Falcon 2000. In addition, United is thought to be talking to Gulfstream about its types.

The subsidiary is expected to operate 200 business jets by 2005 following launch next year.

Source: Flight International