Lessor CDB Aviation has completed its sale and leaseback agreement by delivering 15 new Boeing aircraft to United Airlines.
The deliveries consisted of thirteen Boeing 737 MAX 8s and two Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which were handed to the US-based carrier between 2020 and 2021.
“The onset of COVID-19 ushered in the most challenging period in the history of the aviation industry,” said Pam Hendry, United’s Vice President and Treasurer. “We are thankful for the partnership we established with CDB Aviation and appreciate their willingness and ability to support United in a meaningful way during this global pandemic.”
The additional 13 737 MAXs will increase United’s existing fleet of 46 Boeing 737 Max jets to 59 and will “further entrench domestic operations”. Newly delivered CFM-powered MAXs have the capability to accommodate 166 passengers in a two-class configuration.
The two 787-9s are powered by General Electric GEnx engines and configured in a 257-seat layout with the new cabins. The 787-9s will contribute to United’s already hefty fleet of 63 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The airline’s current number of aircraft stands at 857 with an average age of 16.6 years old, according to Planespotters.net.
“Our commercial team remains focused on identifying ways to deliver wide-ranging and innovative solutions to top-tier airlines, such as United, as they navigate their pathways through the air travel sector’s nascent recovery and position their fleets for post-pandemic realities, with operating economics and sustainability top of mind,” Patrick Hannigan, CDB Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer, added.