Avianca, United Airlines study new jetliners
PHOENIX, March 10 (Reuters) - Colombia's Avianca is ready to look at the Boeing 787-9 wide-body aircraft but has questions about its performance, its top aircraft buyer said on Tuesday.
"Boeing is trying to sell us the 787-9. We are analysing that option right now, but the performance is volatile," Jose Yunda, director of fleet management, said.
"If performance improves a little, we would like to take another look," he told a conference organised by the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT).
United Airlines told the same gathering that the U.S. carrier was looking at both the Airbus A321LR, a long-range version of its largest narrowbody jet, and Boeing's studies for a possible jet between its single-aisle and twin-aisle models.
"We are looking at both ... The A321LR looks pretty decent, but we will see what Boeing is going to do in the mid-market," he told the ISTAT conference.
He declined further comment. (Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Chris Reese)
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