United Reportedly in Exclusive Talks with Boeing for 200 Jets

Score a big win for aircraft manufacturer Boeing, according to Bloomberg, which reports the jet maker is in exclusive talks with United Airlines for 200 narrow body jets.

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Report: 200 More 737s for United

The jets in question are 737s, the world’s most widely flown jetliner. It is believed that the carrier had also been in talks with Airbus regarding a possible purchase of A320s but those conversations reportedly broke off some time ago.

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Boeing is on a roll of late, having just won an order placed by Delta for 100 planes last August, while American Airlines split a 400+ plane order between Boeing and Airbus last July.

United and Boeing, both headquartered in Chicago, have been doing business together for some time, but it could be argued that a deeper relationship existed between United’s recent merger partner Continental. As Bloomberg notes, Continental had “an exclusive relationship with Boeing dating back two decades” and although the newly-combined carrier operates as United, much of its top management is staffed by former Continental executives.

The new 200-jet order is said to be worth nearly $17 billion dollars.

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Published: April 24, 2012