United Airlines today announced it is to add 50 E175 aircraft to operate under the United Express brand.
This is a change to an existing agreement with regional carrier Shuttle America although which of its carriers will operate the new 76-seat aircraft has yet to be decided.
United anticipates deliveries will begin in July 2015 and continue through to the summer of 2017. The new jets will replace large turboprop aircraft and older, less-efficient planes. These additional aircraft announced today are in addition to 70 E175 jets whose deliveries began this year for other carriers to operate as United Express.
“We are pleased to offer more travelers the opportunity to experience this modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft, particularly given the high satisfaction levels our customers report when they fly our E175s,” said Sandra Pineau-Boddison, United’s senior vice president of United Express.
The E175 will offer 12 seats in United First and 64 seats in United Economy, including 16 extra-legroom United Economy Plus seats. The aircraft also offer more personal space for customers, with wider seats and aisles than other regional aircraft; a power outlet at each United First seat; and large overhead bins that can accommodate standard-size carry-on bags.
Additional Fleet Updates
In addition to expanding the E175 fleet, United plans to make the following changes to its United Express service: