In a widely anticipated move, United Airlines announced on December 13 what it said is “the largest widebody order by a US carrier in commercial aviation history”. In a deal it said would cement its lead over rivals, the carrier said it was buying 100 787 Dreamliners from Boeing and said it had exercised options for 44 737 MAX aircraft to arrive between 2024 and 2026 and 56 more of the MAX planes for 2027-28. The Boeing order meant that United expects to take delivery “of about 700 new narrow and wide-body aircraft” over the next decade. The new planes

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