Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced United Airlines is expanding its 787 Dreamliner fleet with a new order for nine 787-9 airplanes, the longest-range member of the Dreamliner family, the company said.
The deal is valued at USD 2.53 billion according to list prices.
United Airlines says the order reflects its fleet strategy of replacing older widebody jets with new, advanced airplanes such as the 787-9, which can fly farther and use 20 percent less fuel with 20 percent fewer emissions. The US carrier, which announced a purchase of four 787-9s in July, has now ordered a total of 64 Dreamliners.
The latest deal continues the strong momentum for the 787 Dreamliner family, with net orders now above 100 for the year and just one shy of 1,400 since the start of the program. Nearly half of all 787 customers have returned to place additional orders for the airplane, helping to make it the fastest-selling widebody jet in history.
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers.