United Airlines has converted 10 firm orders for the Boeing 787 to the 777-300ER.

The 777s will be delivered from 2016, says the Chicago-based carrier. It cites the larger widebody's "attractive upgauge and range opportunities" as factors in the decision.

"These changes are part of our strategy to improve operational reliability, grow capacity with demand, and enable us to achieve our long-term goal to improve margins and return on invested capital," says John Rainey, United's finance chief, in a statement on the order and other fleet changes.

 

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