United Airlines will retire its Boeing 747-400 fleet by the fourth quarter of 2017, a year earlier than previously announced. In a memo to employees posted on the company’s blog, United President Scott Kirby said: “There are more fuel-efficient, cost-effective and reliable widebody aircraft that provide an updated inflight experience for our customers traveling on long-haul flights.” “Our forward-looking fleet plan will cover 747 replacements and anticipated growth ...

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