United Airlines waited more than a decade to do it, but we think the carrier made the right choice in deciding to down-gauge its future international fleet with its recent order for up to 150 787s and A350s. According to the company, the 787s will replace its 767s while the A350s take over for its 747-400s, and eventually its 777s assuming purchase rights are exercised. The average seat count will drop by about 19% compared to the aircraft being replaced, resulting in a 10% systemwide seat ...

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