United is one of the only global carriers to have ordered Pratt & Whitney-powered 777s. This Feb, United had an uncontained engine failure leaving Denver that led to the grounding of the Pratt-powered fleet. The Continental pre-merger fleet was GE-powered, so this only impacted part of the fleet, but it impacted an important part. United’s sub fleet of domestic configured 777s has 28 flat beds upfront and 336 seats in coach. Those aircraft are all powered by PW engines while all GE-powered aircraft are in the international configuration with 50 flat beds, 24 premium economy seats, and 202 seats in coach.
Much has been discussed in the industry about United’s large order, the massive increase in seat gauge it will bring, and how the new fleet will fit into the recovering market. Yet, it is the ability to take delivery of the massive commitments that is now United’s new problem.