United places largest aircraft order in history
(NEW YORK) – United Airlines is betting big on post-pandemic travel boom.
On Tuesday, United announced the largest aircraft order in the airline’s history and the largest in the industry by a single carrier in more than a decade.
The order for 270 narrow-body planes is potentially worth $ 30 billion. It includes up to 200 Boeing 737 MAX and 70 Airbus A321neo. United also announced plans to retool all of its narrow-body cabins – adding overhead storage bins and entertainment screens to all seats.
Following the addition of new planes, United said it plans to create around 25,000 well-paying and unionized jobs over the next few years.
The order is a sign of hope that the dark days of decimated air transport are over.
On Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration screened 2,167,380 people nationwide – the highest volume of checkpoints since the start of the pandemic. It was only 18% lower than the volume of same-day travelers in 2019.
United CEO Scott Kirby revealed on Monday that his airline is now profitable for this first time since the start of the pandemic.
Kirby posted on Instagram: “This success is the result of the persistence of our employees and their commitment to our customers, all under the most difficult circumstances.”
U.S. airlines received billions of dollars in federal aid during the pandemic to keep employees on their payroll.
“Although we are not quite out of the crisis yet as we await the return of international and business travel in a more meaningful way, today’s achievement is just as good as reviewing very airports. frequented, ”Kirby said.
All of the major U.S. airlines and the TSA have struggled to recruit staff, as air travel quickly fell from all-time lows to near pre-pandemic levels.
When air travel was cut short in March 2020, thousands of employees were offered early retirements and buyouts, but now airlines are desperate to fill those positions again.
American Airlines canceled about 400 flights last weekend, in part due to personnel issues. The airline is now warning that hundreds of flights will be canceled in the coming weeks.
United Airlines is in desperate need of baggage agents.
And at one point over Memorial Day weekend, Delta Air Lines’ automated service told customers the wait time to speak with a reservation agent was over 9 p.m.
Experts said the number of trips will continue to rise this weekend as Americans celebrate the July 4 holiday.
AAA predicts that 3.5 million people will take to the skies from July 1-5.
American Airlines plans to operate nearly 5,500 daily flights Thursday through Monday, with the busiest travel days being Thursday and Friday, a spokesperson said.
United Airlines plans to carry two million customers from Thursday to Tuesday. The airline said Thursday and Monday will be the busiest.
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