“It’s a sign that United is a smart aircraft buyer,” said Ron Epstein, aerospace analyst at Bank of America. with the return of the aviation market They wouldn’t do that.”
change to smaller planes
United will use most of the jets it ordered Tuesday to replace more than 200 smaller regional jets, each capable of carrying around 50 passengers, allowing capacity to be increased without increasing flights. At airports such as Newark and San Francisco which limits the boarding and landing of each airline It will also replace 100 older full-sized aircraft.
It should be welcome news for passengers prone to smaller planes, CEO Scott Kirby said in an investor presentation Tuesday.
“We are trying to fly a 50-seat regional jet between Chicago and Dallas or between Newark and Atlanta. And we are trying to compete with people who have a much better product,” CEO Scott Kirby said in an investor presentation Tuesday. “We didn’t have the opportunity to compete effectively. This statement is about resolving and building a domestic network with products that our customers love.”
United currently says its regional planes are being used for a third of its domestic flights. Tuesday’s purchases will bring that figure down to 10%.
Expectations for the recovery of business and international travel
Combining Tuesday’s orders and previous orders in the books, United now has orders for 500 new jets coming in the next few years. It has 40 aircraft, most of which are wide-body jets used on long-haul routes. — Due next year and 138 in 2023 alone.
“Something that makes a difference each year,” Kirby said. But he said United had been planning for a recovery and discussed a purchase since last summer, adding: “This is what we expected it to be” at this point.
Kirby told investors that business travel was accelerating. and while still down 60% from pre-plague levels That’s an improvement from a 90% drop earlier this year. International travel remains limited. Many countries still limit cross-border travel. But Kirby and other United executives expect international travel to be a record next year.
However, aircraft deliveries will remain slow this year and next. United said in a Tuesday filing that it expects the first planes on Tuesday’s order to arrive in 2023. Orders include the 737 Max. The newest 150 model, the Max 10, had its first test flight earlier this month, and it wasn’t. Not yet certified as a passenger
Plans to add 25,000 jobs
United plans to add about 25,000 jobs over the next five years to 68,000 on the current front line. by hiring a pilot flight attendants, mechanics, door agents and other staff needed to manage the expected increase in passenger traffic.
The airline laid off about 22,000 workers last year during the economic downturn. Although the airline is recalling some of its staff in response to the rising leisure travel efforts.
United also said It will improve the interior of all existing regular sized jets. Add a backrest entertainment system bigger trash and seat Additional “Economy Plus” with additional legroom and higher fares