Boeing’s possible deal with United could hurt Bombardier
United Airlines is close to deciding an order for about 30 small jets worth around $2-billion (U.S.) at list prices and Boeing Co. looks well placed to win at least part of the deal after undercutting smaller rivals, industry sources said.
A decision by the Chicago-based airline to pick Boeing’s 737-700 jet would be a blow for Bombardier, which has courted United as a key prospect for its struggling C Series, and potentially Brazil’s Embraer as well.
United’s requirement for 100-seat aircraft is in the natural hunting ground for those manufacturers, but Boeing waded in with highly competitive offers for its slightly larger 737-700, which officially seats 126 passengers, the sources said.
Still, a deal has not been finalized and could face last-minute shifts in negotiations that have already been marked by heavy discounting, the sources said. | READ MORE