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United Airlines is Considering Replacements for Boeing 767 and 757 Fleets

United Airlines Boeing 757

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.

Though not an exact match in capacity or capability, the Airbus A330neo and Boeing 787-8 have been identified as options for replacing the 767. United already has 787s in their fleet.

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.

United Airline’s Fleet
Aircraft Number in Fleet
B787-9 19
B787-8 12
B777-200ER 55
B777-200 19
B767-400ER 16
B767-300ER 35
B757-300 21
B757-200 56
B747-400 17
B737-900ER 130
B737-900 12
B737-800 130
B737 40
A320 99
A319 65

Greg started his professional pilot journey in 2002 after graduating from Embry Riddle. Since that time he has accumulated over 8,000 hours working as a pilot. Greg’s professional experience includes flight instructing, animal tracking, backcountry flying, forest firefighting, passenger charter, part 135 cargo, flying for a regional airline, a national low cost airline, a legacy airline, and also working as a manager in charge of Part 135 and Part 121 training programs.

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