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Airbus may lose a battle with Boeing in winning an order from United Airlines, reportedly looking at Boeing 787s or Airbus A330neos to replace up to 50 of its aging 767s.
Recently Airbus lost A330 orders from American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, as they both opted to buy Boeing 787s valued more than $13 billion combined. Also Airbus lost a deal to sell almost 30 jets to Iran Air after U.S President Trump announced to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
Order from United Airlines is crucial for Airbus to fill the order gap for the A330neo jets, so it could maintain the planned production rates, which is just lowered due to weak demand. Unfortunately, sources close to United has told Reuters that “Airbus doesn’t have United”.
To date, Airbus has secured orders for only 214 A330neos from 13 customers, led by Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia, ordering 66 A330neo jets worth $19.6 billion., but AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said “It (A330neo) looks everything that we thought it would be but we’re holding off at the moment until we see exactly how it performs,” this week at Bangkok.
The first A330noe for TAP Air Portugal powered by new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, made its first flight on 15 May 2018 and scheduled to enter service in July 2018.