United Airlines Coverts Order for 25x A350-900s into Order for 35x A350-1000s

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United Airlines has signed an agreement with Airbus to convert Uniteds existing order for 25 A350-900s into A350-1000s, and adds 10 firm orders for A350-1000s, giving the airline a total order of 35 aircraft.

The increased seating capacity of the A350-1000 will enable United to replace older, less efficient aircraft currently serving long-range, high-demand markets.

United expects delivery of the A350-1000 to start in 2018.

We look forward to taking delivery of the A350-1000, said Jeff Smisek, Uniteds chairman, president and CEO. This is a modern, fuel-efficient and advanced-technology aircraft that our customers and co-workers will enjoy flying. It will be a great addition to our fleet, and will allow us to meet demand on larger, long-haul markets in our world-leading network.

The A350-1000 is the largest member of the A350 WXB family and uses advanced materials including composites, titanium and aluminum alloys combined with the latest engine technology to make it lighter and more fuel efficient.

The aircraft will be powered by new-generation Rolls-Royce Trent engines.

Less than a week after the success of the A350 XWBs first flight, we see that demand for the new aircraft continues to grow, especially for the larger -1000 model. Airbus is proud to have United Airlines on board the exciting A350 program in such a significant way, said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus President and CEO.

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