United Airline’s Fleet
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United Airlines has said it is considering replacement options for its fleet of 77 Boeing 757-200/757-300 and 51 Boeing 767s in the short term. The 757-200 fleet has an average age of 21.8 years. The 757-300 fleet is 15.5 years old on average. And the 767 have an average age of 22.7 years.
Airlines face a difficult decision with replacing 757s. Most are being replaced with Airbus A321s and Boeing 737-900ERs. However, neither Airbus nor Boeing have released an airplane with similar capacities to the 757-200 that have the capability to cross the Atlantic or fly South American routes.
Boeing has said it is considering launching a new aircraft type that would seat 220-280 passengers and have a range near 7,000nm. This could be a good fit for replacing the 757/767s. However, any new aircraft would take many years to bring to market.
United airlines has also said it is considering long term plans to replace its Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 fleets.
Large fleet changes like can effect United Airlines Pilot Jobs. However, it is too early to tell what this effect would be.