I think you are throwing the baby out with the bathwater. For some of us, it isn't a matter of the A350 not being good enough or us not wanting it in UAs fleet. I couldn't care less What we are responding to are repeated internal rumblings including from UA insiders (of some sort) saying or implying that they either aren't coming or are being pushed out.
I just haven't seen any convincing evidence that UA's A350 order could seriously be cancelled or converted into other aircraft types by this point. From what I know that we know through public/official sources, Andrew Levy spoke to Bloomberg in November
about possibly swapping some or all of the A350-1000s into "smaller long range models." That could have meant swapping either some or all A350-1000s for -900s or A330s, and I believe (though couldn't find the link to if immediately) that Levy later reportedly ruled out A330s at some investor or staff event. The Bloomberg article never really mentioned much about the A321. Levy then said something similar again to FlightGlobal in February
, but his comments shifted more toward what will happen with the 767 fleet.
Aside from that, what other convincing piece of evidence is there that we will not see A350s in UA colors? Most of the "insiders" on here claiming the A350 won't ever be in the UA fleet are fairly new users or users with not much of a track record to go off of. As for some of the other insiders who occasionally have accurate information about what's going on at UA, they almost never have any sort of special insight into fleet planning decisions. Some of those people are the same ones who claimed at the beginning of this thread that UA was about ready to place an order for 40 77X in January, among many other aircraft. So in short, I haven't seen any information posted exclusively on here that is compelling. Then there's the crew rest issue, but I haven't heard anything about that for quite a while now, and it was still all coming from one group— pilots. And as we all know, it's the corporate bean counters who make the fleet decisions, not pilots.
So if United's public position remains that they still anticipate the A350 joining the fleet, I'll take their word for it. I just haven't really seen anything compelling to suggest otherwise. Had Levy and Kirby arrived at UA 18-24 months ago, I think it could have been a different story, absolutely. But the fact remains that UA has chosen a seat supplier for the A350, MSN143 already has parts arriving, and UA's first A350 is MSN194 — that's likely less than a year away. I think it's very possible the newest UA management reviewed the order, sure, but if anything were to have changed with it, I think it would have happened by now.
Of course, if there's anything else credible that suggests otherwise, I'd listen. And in the chance that UA does end up canceling the order, my offer still stands: free drink on me at any bar in LAX TBIT.