United Airlines has placed an order for 25 737-700 aircraft, while also confirming plans to accelerate the retirement of its 747 fleet.
The Chicago-based carrier said the order for the 737s is in addition to a deal for 40 of the same aircraft placed in January and it will begin taking delivery of the 737s from 2017.
United also announced that it intends to retire the 747s from scheduled service by the end of 2018 by converting an existing 787 order originally scheduled for a 2020 delivery into four 777-300ERs and five 787-9s beginning in 2017 to accommodate the retirement of the 747s.
“The new 737-700 aircraft are ideal for our fleet as we continue to reduce our reliance on 50-seat aircraft," said Gerry Laderman, United's senior vice-president of finance and acting chief financial officer.
Laderman added: “Retiring the 747 fleet and replacing those aircraft with more customer-pleasing, current generation aircraft creates a more reliable and efficient fleet that provides a better overall experience for our customers travelling on long-haul flights.”