United looking to replace Boeing 767 widebody jets

United Airlines may be in the market for a big widebody purchase, with Reuters reporting the Chicago-based carrier is in talks with both Boeing and Airbus for a purchase that would help it replace the roughly 50 Boeing 767s that currently fly in its fleet.

Reuters cites unnamed “people familiar with the discussions” in its report.

In that report, Reuters says:

“Europe’s Airbus is expected to offer its upgraded A330neo jet against Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner in a deal potentially worth some $14 billion at list prices, the two sources said. All three companies declined to comment on the nature of the talks.”

United declined to comment on the Reuters report.

“We are always talking to our manufacturers about future fleet plans, but we won’t comment on the nature of those discussions,” spokesman Frank Benenati said in a statement to us

United’s Boeing 767s are among the oldest types of planes in the carrier’s mainline fleet, with an average age of about 21 years, according to Airfleets.net.

If United does proceed with an order, winning it would be a boon for whichever jetmaker seals the deal.

Airbus, of course, has been stung by recent developments for its new A330neo model.

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