United has signed a firm order for its 25 A350-900 XWB aircraft, formalising a commitment originally announced in December 2009.
”With this order we are investing in United’s future, gaining a widebody aircraft that will help us reduce operating costs while still providing state-of-the-art comfort to our customers,” said John Tague, president of United Airlines. “The A350 XWB will also help us reduce fuel burn and our overall environmental footprint in comparison to older technology aircraft.”
Deliveries will begin in 2016 and run through 2019.
The A350 XWB signing follows United’s formalising of its order with Boeing for 25 787-8s in late February.