United Airlines orders more 737 MAXs

After resuming flights with the type last month, the carrier has upped its commitment and brought forward delivery dates 

Chicago-based United Airlines has signed a deal with Boeing to acquire 25 more Boeing 737 MAXs, taking its total firm commitments for the type to 188.

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The carrier accepted its first example on April 23, 2018. United Airlines

Signed on February 26, the agreement was made public in a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 10-K annual filing today (March 1). 

The newly ordered jets are set to be delivered in 2023 but the airline has brought forward the handover of 40 previously ordered aircraft to 2022 and five in 2023. The remaining examples will be delivered after 2023 but before 2030. 

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So far this year, the airline has recieved eight 737 MAXs. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

United also has an agreement to purchase 11 used 737-700 aircraft with expected delivery dates during next year.  

In addition, the operator has signed a deal to purchase 17 used Airbus A319 aircraft, which it intends to sell, with expected hand over dates in 2021 and 2022. 

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Before the grounding of the type in March 2019, United had a fleet of 14 MAXs. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

The US carrier – which resumed 737 MAX services on February 11 – currently holds a fleet of 30 MAX 9s, 18 of which are in service while the remaining 12 are parked. 

United has orders with the American aircraft manufacturer for the MAX 8, 9 and 10.