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Airbus Order Allows Aircraft
Replacement and Growth

The Pilot Schedule, August 1998 

by Richard Lung, Director-Flight Crew Resources



With the latest Airbus order, we are well on our way to completing steps two and three of United's four step plan for its uses of cash: 
 
1) Strengthen the balance sheet; 

2) Replace aging aircraft; 

3) Grow the airline; and 

4) Return cash to shareholders (public and employees)

The latest order, approved by the Board of Directors in July, is composed of 22 firm and 89 options. The 22 firm aircraft -- to be delivered between 2001 and 2002 -- will be used for growth. Seventy-five of the 89 options are targeted for replacing each B727 between 2001 and 2004 on its next scheduled heavy maintenance visit. The remaining 14 options could be used for additional growth or B737-291 replacement. If all Airbus options are exercised, we will have 222 Airbus aircraft in our fleet by 2004! 

With the Airbus order, we will be opening an Airbus domicile at JFK in March 1999. Other domicile openings will be evaluated as we take additional deliveries. A Miami A320 Domicile opening is likely within the next two to three years.
 

United Airlines Firm Fleet Plan

With the Airbus order, our firm fleet plan now lays out like this:
  Dec-97  Dec-98  Dec-99  Dec-00  Dec-01  Dec-02 
B747-400 31 35 43 45 50 51
B747 18 13 7 7 0
B777 30 34 40 46 50 52
DC-10 30 22 13 7 4 4
B767/B757 136 143 149 152 154 154
A320/A319 45 71 81 99 133 133
B727 75 75 75 75 75 75
B737-300/500 158 158 158 158 158 158
B737-200 53 24 24 24 24 24 

Totals

576

575

590

613

649

651