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United Airlines unveiled a mega transaction Tuesday for 270 new single-aisle jets from Boeing and Airbus that sets it on a deliberate collision course with Delta Air Lines, as it targets its coveted premium passengers.

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Yet, a second major deal is in the works by Delta as it seeks a large swath of used A350 and 737 aircraft, several people familiar with the search tell The Air Current. This transaction looks radically different from United’s deal, but equally significant as global aviation undertakes a broad economic reset. United and Delta are trying to achieve the same thing. They’re just doing it in completely different ways.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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