United to refresh fleet with $14.7 billion Boeing order

CHICAGO, Thu Jul 12, 2012 – United Continental Holdings Inc. said it will buy 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft and fifty 737-900ER planes in a deal that Boeing valued at $14.7 billion at list prices.
United Continental, the holding company that owns United Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, said it will begin taking delivery of the 737 MAX 9 planes in 2018.
The 100 MAX aircraft order, first reported by Reuters in May, will allow United to replace older, less-efficient aircraft to reduce fuel and operating costs, the company said in a statement.
Boeing said the combined order will allow it to exceed 10,000 orders overall for the 737 family. The 737 MAX is a new-engine variant of Boeing’s Next-Generation 737.
The additional order for fifty 737s, which will be delivered from late 2013, reflects efforts by both Airbus and Boeing to maintain production of their current products and ensure a smooth transition to newer models from 2017.
United Continental said the 737-900ER models will replace older, less-efficient Boeing 757-200 aircraft flown domestically.
The new models are expected to burn up to 15 percent less fuel per seat than the aircraft they replace, the company said.
The new set of orders takes United’s order book — anticipated through 2022 — to 272, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the airline said.
United Continental will be the first North American carrier to fly the much-awaited light-weight, carbon-composite widebody Dreamliner.

Boeing profit up on 30 percent stronger airliner sales

CHICAGO, Wed Apr 25, 2012 – Boeing Co., the world’s largest aerospace and defense company, posted a higher quarterly net profit on Wednesday, helped by an increase in commercial airplane deliveries, and raised its earnings forecast for the year.

The company said its first-quarter net profit was $923 million, or $1.22 per share, compared with $586 million, or 78 cents per share, a year earlier.

The company, which competes with EADS unit Airbus for orders, said revenue rose 30 percent to $19.4 billion, topping expectations for $18.4 billion. The company said its order backlog at the end of the quarter was $380 billion, up from $356 billion at the beginning of the year.

The company increased its profit forecast for 2012 to a range of $4.15 per share to $4.35 per share. The previous upper end of the range had been $4.25 per share. The company reaffirmed its 2012 revenue outlook, which is in a range of $78 billion to $80 billion.