United's growing reliance on used aircraft is more than a way to add inexpensive lift--it's also providing both fleet and aftermarket-support flexibility should a downturn hit that requires cutting capacity, the carrier's executives say. Speaking on a recent earnings call, United President Scott Kirby emphasized that despite rising fuel costs, demand remains strong, and drastic capacity cuts are not on the horizon. But adding used aircraft is part of the carrier's strategy to meet its ...


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