United pushes for post-pandemic growth with new jets

United Airlines unveiled its largest ever order of Boeing and Airbus jets on Tuesday as it gears up for post-pandemic growth.

United, America's third-largest airline by revenue, will replace most of its regional jets and overhaul its cabins with more premium seats.

That's signalling a strong bet on the recovery of business travel, and will enable United to better compete for both premium and low-cost trips.

The 270-plane order will boost United's domestic capacity by almost 30%.

Two-hundred of those planes were purchased from Boeing, which has struggled to bounce back from a two-year safety crisis involving their 737 MAX aircraft.

A quarter of the deal went to Europe's Airbus in a high-margin niche where Boeing faces a gap in its products, a longer-range, single-aisle plane.

United, which received $10.5 billion in government aid during the pandemic, expects to add 25,000 union jobs, including pilots and flight attendants, for the new jets.

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