No surprise on the 77W. Perhaps mildly surprised on the A330neo. However, the A350 will be great for them.
I've heard from someone directly impacted by on boarding any new fleet, has been told to "hold" the introduction of the A350. It will not be joining United. The consensus is United is going all
Boeing moving forward. This is also the word on the street at Airbus. Of course it's hearsay at the moment, so take it for what's it worth.
But suffice it to say, if you don't prepare your backend systems, it's the proverbial canary in the coal mine.
There is no evidence for any of this. As it stands, UA has Airbus aircraft on order, and UA is continuing to take delivery of used A319s. Andrew Levy mused about swapping some or all A350s for smaller aircraft (likely A321s or A359s) a few months ago in the press, but an outright cancellation, as so many partisans have been praying for, seems highly unlikely and would be a poor business strategy for UA.
Based on what Levy said yesterday too, it sounds like UA could be the launch customer for the MOM project if it gets off the ground this year. With an EIS in 2025, that would be about the right time for UA to retire most/all 767s and 757s.
A lot can happen in eight years. Plus would sufficient numbers of UA 757s and 767s have enough life to survive a couple-year delay beyond projected EIS of 2015?
That is true. I am far, far from being a Boeing cheerleader, but an 8-9 year timeline from launch to EIS seems fairly reasonable to me. Remember that the 787's timeline was much more ambitious and optimistic — wasn't the 7E7 originally launched with an estimated EIS in 2007/2008? If Boeing goes ahead with this project, it could either be a runaway success or a failure. Boeing does not have much margin of error to play with on a clean sheet this time around.
As for age, if the PW powered 752s are retired next year as has been rumored, the oldest 757 will be 31 years old in 2025, and the oldest 767 will be 34 years old. Meanwhile, the youngest 757 will be only 20 years old, and the youngest 767 will be 23 years old. So if they were to keep all of those frames through 2025, some of them would be up there in age, yes, but most of them would probably be fairly close to the right age for replacement.