United to Increase Number of Premium Seats on 250 Aircraft, Add New Bombardier CRJ550 RJ to Fleet

By Anna Breuer on 6 February 2019
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DSC_0281 (1)United Airlines said it will be the launch customer for the innovative new Bombardier CRJ550 regional jet and also announced that it will add a significant number of premium seats to its aircraft.

The CRJ550 is a 50-seat three-class aircraft that, according to the manufacturer, will provide an improved passenger experience.  It will have more room for bags, more personal space for passengers, and a self-serve beverage and snack station.

In addition to the new aircraft, United said it will add 1,600 United Polaris business-class and United First seats to approximately 250 international and domestic aircraft.

The new seating program should be completed by the end of 2020.

Noting that some competitors are adding more coach seats to squeeze more passengers onto their planes, United chief commercial officer Andrew Nocella said the airline is “re-configuring more than 100 of our aircraft and doing exactly the opposite.”

The new CRJ550 will go into service in late summer on the United Express route linking Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, which serves Bentonville, Arkansas, the city where Walmart, the world’s largest company by revenue, is headquartered.

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