FedEx to take United Boeing 757s
It has also taken options on a further 16 examples, with deliveries expected to take place between 2013 and 2015.
FedEx has been adding a number of 757s to its fleet since 2008 as it gradually replaces its ageing Boeing 727-200 freighters. Its existing 757s have come secondhand from a variety of sources, including US Airways, Monarch Airlines, and Thomson Airways.
United will continue to operate a sizeable fleet of Boeing 757s despite this deal.