Huge United Order Sparks Jet Builder Face-Off

Bargain-hunting airline invites Boeing, Airbus to duke it out
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 4, 2009 8:58 AM CDT
A United Airlines airplane lands on the new runway at O'Hare International airport in Chicago, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008.    (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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(Newser) – Hoping to score a good deal by exploiting the recession, United Airlines has called on Boeing and Airbus to bid on an order for up to 150 new jets, the Wall Street Journal reports. The plan could bring in $10 billion for one of the manufacturers, both of whom face cancellations and deferrals on orders. With aircraft makers often willing to go to great lengths to secure deals, the timing may prove a boon to United.