United Debuts Embraer 175 Planes in United Express Fleet
United Airlines announced it has added its first Embraer 175 aircraft to its United Express fleet. The airline added additional service between Chicago and both Boston and Washington, D.C. using the new planes. Both new services are operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines.
United’s Embraer 175 regional jets are configured with 76 seats, including 12 first-class seats, 16 economy plus seats with extra legroom, and 48 standard economy-class seats. The Embraer 175 model is designed with wider seats and aisles than other regional aircraft, larger overhead bins, and a power outlet at each first-class seat.
United plans to add additional service to nine other existing routes this year using Embraer 175 planes. In June, the carrier will launch Embraer 175 service between Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, and New York’s LaGuardia, as well as between Houston and both Atlanta and New Orleans. In the fall, the airline will use the planes to provide additional service between San Francisco and St. Louis, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
United plans to add 70 more 175s to its fleet by the end of 2015. The new additions will replace some of the airline’s smaller, less fuel-efficient regional aircraft.
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