United to Add 50 Embraer 175 Planes to United Express Fleet
Deal Calls for Republic Airways to Transfer Q400s to Flybe
United Airlines will add 50 Embraer 175 aircraft to its United Express regional jet fleet. The planes are being purchased by Republic Airways Holdings and operated by a Republic subsidiary on behalf of United.
The deal required United to amend its agreement with its regional partner Shuttle America, a Republic subsidiary. Republic will sub-lease 24 Bombardier Q400 turboprops to British low-cost carrier Flybe, which is in the midst of a transformation to restore profitability. The Q400 planes hold fewer passengers but burn less fuel.
The order is valued at approximately $2.1 billion at list prices. United said it expects to take delivery of the aircraft between July 2015 and the summer of 2017.
The new planes will be configured with 12 seats in first class, 16 seats in United Economy Plus, the airline’s premium economy lite section, and 48 seats in economy.
United and regional partner SkyWest ordered 40 E175 jets in 2013.
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