United Airlines returned to the Boeing narrowbody fold yesterday with an order for 100 of the re-engined 737 MAX and 50 current model 737-900ERs. United President and CEO Jeffery Smisek says that “very extensive discussions” were held with Airbus and Boeing and that negotiations with Pratt & Whitney (P&W) and CFM for the powerplants have been under way for almost a year. The win reflects “what we believe to be the best airplane with the best engine with the best price,” he ...

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