United evaluating A350-1000 for fleet

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United Airlines is considering the Airbus A350-1000 for its future widebody aircraft needs, say executives.

The Chicago-based carrier is in discussions with the airframer regarding the 350-seat widebody, says Gerry Laderman, senior vice-president of finance and treasurer of United, on the sidelines of the ISTAT Americas 2013 conference in Orlando on 12 March.

United does not have an order timeline, he says.

The airline has a firm order for 25 A350-900s and 50 options for either the A350-800, -900, or -1000, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

Laderman says that United will also look at the Boeing 777X when the aircraft's specifications are firmed by the airframer.

The carrier has worked with Boeing on the specifications of the 777X, which will replace the 777-300ER and compete with the A350-1000, Ron Baur, vice-president of fleet at the airline, said in September.