plans to order up to 150 new airliners and has asked
to propose dueling bids for the jets, a report says.
Wall Street Journal
reports the deal could be worth more than $10 billion. By staging a winner-takes-all competition between the two airplane makers, United's parent,
, is hoping to obtain better terms than otherwise might be available, the
notes, citing people familiar with the situation.
United sent a formal request to Boeing and Airbus on Tuesday, the newspaper reports. United's request focuses on replacing many of its 111-airplane wide-body fleet, as well as some of its 97 older Boeing 757 narrow-body planes, these people said. United has a total fleet of 400 jetliners, according to the
United has hired aviation consulting firm Seabury Group to help it negotiate with the airplane makers.
A spokesman for Airbus, a unit of
European Aeronautic Defense & Space
, declined to confirm or deny United's request, the
reports. A Boeing spokesman declined to comment.
United could sign a major order as early as the fall, the newspaper notes, if Boeing or Airbus agree to certain conditions.