Fleet Review Reveals United’s Plans To Replace 767

Posted on February 15, 2017 James Hinds Aviation News

United Airlines has concluded in their most recent review that the 767 is the only aircraft that does not have a “line of sigh” in terms of replacing it in the Chicago-based carrier’s fleet. Scott Kirby discussed in a recorded Q&A session with Denver employees viewed by FlightGlobal that the biggest question they have as a company is what will take the place of the 767s. Primarily operating 767-300ERs which have an estimated average age of 22 years along with 16 767-400ERs with an estimated average age of 16 years as shown by the Flight Fleets Analyzer, the 767s are a great and reliable aircraft but they are getting old and slightly outdated.

United Airlines plans to fly them a little longer but have already began discussing investing in extending the aircraft’s shelf-life and ultimately plan for the succession of what aircraft will replace it. Ron Baur, Vice-President of fleet at United initially suggested that the Boeing 787-9 ultimately replace the 767-300ER but the airline has instead used the 19 787-9s it purchased as growth rather than a direct replacement. Although the 787s could still ultimately replace the 767s, the higher capital costs for the 787 is seen as prohibitive to that plan. United executives have also reviewed the possibility of the Airbus A330neo as another option. President Scott Kirby says the airline is currently negotiating with Airbus and Boeing about the succession plans for the 767.

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