United has announced the largest B787 order in Boeing’s history, with the purchase of 100 of the wide-body aircraft as well as an option for a further 100 Dreamliners.

The carrier took delivery of its first B787 in 2012, and has around 65 Dreamliner aircraft in its fleet.

In 2019 United became the first US airline to take delivery of all three variants of the Dreamliner – the B787-8, B787-9 and B787-10.

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In addition United has purchased a further 100 B737 Max aircraft, exercising 44 existing options and placing an order for 56 of the single aisle planes.

This follows on from United’s order for 270 B737 Max and A321 neo aircraft last year.

Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that the company was “honoured by United’s trust in our family of airplanes to connect people and transport cargo around the world for decades to come”, while United’s CEO Scott Kirby commented:

“United emerged from the pandemic as the world’s leading global airline and the flag carrier of the United States.

“This order further solidifies our lead and creates new opportunities for our customers, employees and shareholders by accelerating our plan to connect more people to more places around the globe and deliver the best experience in the sky.”