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Airbus A350 sale to United signals big wide-body loss for Boeing


Europe's Airbus has scored a big win when United Airlines opted for its A350 jetliner, signalling a big loss for Boeing in the race wide-body air superiority in commercial aviation.
But deliveries of the new Airbus jets won't begin until 2022 when United's oldest Boeing 777s retire.
Earlier this year, United had indefinitely deferred the first four aircraft as it re-evaluated fleet plans.
The deal for 45 of the A350-900 planes, which valued at US$14 billion at list prices, replaces an earlier order for 35 of Airbus's bigger and dearer A350-1000s.
The transaction establishes Airbus's wide-body jet as a possible replacement for Boeing's top-selling 777 at United. Boeing hasn't landed any North American customers for the 777X, an upgraded model due to debut at decade's end.
Said United CFO Andrew Levy: "The A350-900 is an outstanding aircraft with the size and range to be an excellent replacement for our 777-200ERs.
"So, if we decide to make this the sole replacement for the 777 fleet, we will be able to do so on similar, very attractive, economic terms," he said.
Boeing declined to comment, Bloomberg reported.

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