Is United Airlines about to take some A380s? No way.

Will we see the A380 in United's fleet? Nope. Photo: Malaysia Airlines

Will we see the A380 in United's fleet? Nope. Photo: Malaysia Airlines

Is United Airlines about to buy or lease some Airbus A380s?

There's been a rumor going around that United might consider the A380, perhaps if it got a great deal from one of the airlines trying to unload them. One of those airlines is Malaysia, which is downsizing and has no need for at least two of its six A380s. Here's what Malaysia's CEO said at a recent airline conference I attended:

But will United grab them? Not a chance, the company says. 

Last week in a note to pilots, United' senior vice president for flight operations Howard Attarian addressed the rumor directly. 

"There are some reports out there that we are taking delivery of some A-380s," he told pilots. "There is no truth to that rumor whatsoever."

It's worth noting that airlines look at new aircraft all the time. They need to see what is on the market so they can evaluate what works best for their fleet. I know United has taken a look at the A380 before, but I'm told the airline has never seriously considered it.