United Airlines Takes Over Republic Order for 24 Embraer 175s

United Airlines has signed a firm purchase contract for 24 Embraer 175 regional jets. This order represents a transfer of 24 Embraer 175s previously ordered by Republic Airways Holdings and currently in Embraer’s backlog.

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United Airlines has placed a new order for 25 Boeing 737-700s, in addition to its January 21 order for 40 of the type. It also will convert 787 orders originally anticipated for delivery in 2020 and beyond into orders for four 777-300ERs and five 787-9s, for delivery beginning in 2017.

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Brussels Airlines is strengthening its long-haul network, in a move that will see it add two more Airbus A330s to its fleet within the next 15 months.

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United Airlines plans to add daily transatlantic summer-season service on May 25 between Newark and Athens, Washington Dulles and Barcelona and Washington Dulles and Lisbon.

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If approved, the seasonal service would be the first transpacific service to Xi’an operated by any airline, and United Airlines would be the first U.S. carrier to serve the city, according to United.

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United Airlines and Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras have announced a new strategic partnership in which United will acquire a stake of approximately 5 per cent in Azul, Brazil’s third-largest airline. Through a wholly owned subsidiary, United will invest $100 million for its economic stake in Azul.

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In launching its p.s. service at Newark Liberty International Airport, United will re-deploy to U.S. domestic p.s. service several Boeing 757-200s it currently operates on transatlantic routes. To replace them, United will increase the number of Boeing 767s it operates on transatlantic flights.

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On the first day of the Paris Air Show 2015, Embraer announced new orders from four customers for 50 aircraft of its E-Jet and E-Jet E2 families, as well as options and other commitments from two of the customers for 35 additional E-Jets.

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Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will launch non-stop service between Auckland and Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, a major hub for alliance partner United Airlines, in mid-December.

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United Airlines has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-900ER with a big stripe across its rear fuselage painted in two shades of purple. The Boeing 737-900ER, which is registered N66848, has a special livery commemorating a decade of United Airlines supporting the charity ‘March of Dimes’.

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The aircraft also marks a milestone for the Boeing 787 program as the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered.

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United Airlines will operate its seasonal Chicago-Rome service five times a week from May 16 through June 3, daily from June 4 to August 17, and six times a week from August 18 through September 23.

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United Airlines is launching new daily service between Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport and Santiago de Chile on December 7, offering the only non-stop service between the airline’s principal Latin American gateway and the Chilean capital.

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In addition, United Airlines will offer a second daily non-stop flight between Washington Dulles International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for the 2015 summer season.

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United Airlines is planning to offer Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-based personal-device entertainment on more than 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets and expects its first Wi-Fi-enabled regional jet flights to operate later this year.

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Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which operates the world’s largest fleet of Embraer E-Jets, has placed a firm order for 50 Embraer 175s as part of a three-way deal which will also see it transfer 24 Bombardier Q400 turboprops to UK regional airline Flybe.

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Although it is the third customer overall to take delivery of a Boeing 787-9, Air New Zealand and Japan’s All Nippon Airways being the first two, United Airlines will become the first carrier in North America to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9.

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On June 9, United Airlines begins non-stop, three-times-weekly services between San Francisco and Chengdu, China’s fourth-largest city. In doing so, United Airlines becomes the first carrier to serve Chengdu.

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United Airlines plans to add Tokyo Haneda Airport to its route network by offering daily non-stop service from San Francisco from October 26, should it receive the requisite government approval.

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