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United Airlines Announces Order for 150 New Boeing Jets

United Continental Holdings(CHICAGO) -- United Airlines is ordering 150 brand new Boeing 737s worth $14 billion at list price, which is good news for workers in Washington State, where the planes are made.

The purchase includes 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9 and 50 737-900ERs, which are said to be 15 percent more fuel efficient than existing 757s in United's short range fleet.

“They're environmentally more responsible and they're very customer pleasing,” said United CEO Jeff Smisek at an event in Chicago.

The new planes, Smisek said, will allow the airline to phase out older, less efficient aircraft like the workhorse Boeing 757.

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