|Quoting antoniemey (Reply 8):|
The "Gentleman's Agreement" covered types to be ordered, not types operated. By the time the contract (the exclusivity clause of which was later nullified) was signed CO already had those on the property. They never ordered or took another non-Boeing aircraft for any size range that Boeing had an offering after that point, even second-hand.
The only thing I can add of substance is that it was initially a binding contract Boeing had with AA DL CO
, but was challenged and subsequently lost in an EU court case. Because it's obvious that Airbus had their panties in a bunch and the ruling was considered by some as "overreaching", they instead adhered to a gentlemen's agreement. CO
was the last carrier to stick with the agreement of Boeing exclusivity, although post-merger they do maintain 25 Airbus orders from sUA.
If I were a betting man (which I'm not, because I suck at gambling), I'd say that the new UA
with Smisek at the helm will try to find a way to cancel the A350 order. Exclusivity to Boeing was obvious at the old CO
, and the massive post-merger order for B739ER/-9MAX, touting of the B788 (well...before, anyway), and rumored interest in the B748 and/or B77W would suggest the new UA
will continue their Boeing loyalty. I can imagine it gets them a pretty sweet discount...or at least a free retro paint scheme every 75 years.
I'm sure it's on Wikipedia too, if you're interested. Wikipedia knows all.