United to Add 30 New Embraer 76-Seat Aircraft to United Express Fleet
United purchasing aircraft that a United Express partner will operate
CHICAGO, April 29, 2013
CHICAGO, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --United Airlinestoday announced an
agreement to add 30 Embraer 175 regional jets to the United Express fleet.
Under an agreement with Embraer, United will purchase the aircraft with
deliveries in 2014 and 2015. These aircraft will be operated by a United
Express partner to be announced later.
"At United, we are focused on modernizing our fleet, and we look forward to
introducing the E175 to our United Express service. Compared to the 50-seat
aircraft we are replacing, these aircraft provide a superior customer
experience and are more fuel efficient," said Jim Compton, United's vice
chairman and chief revenue officer. "With a large first class cabin, wider
fuselage, and larger overhead bins, this aircraft brings an improved regional
flying experience to our customers."
Click here for a photo of the E175 aircraft with the United logo.
The Embraer 175 is the first 76-seat regional jet aircraft in the United
Express fleet. The aircraft will be configured with 12 United First, 16
Economy Plus and 48 United Economy seats. The design of the aircraft will
result in more personal space for customers with wider seats and aisles than
those on the 50-seat aircraft. The aircraft can accommodate standard carry-on
bags, resulting in more convenience for customers.
As United inducts the new aircraft into the United Express fleet, the company
will remove some of the older 50-seat regional jets in the fleet. The E175s
will consume 10 percent less fuel per seat and will have less CO emissions
per seat than the 50-seat aircraft they replace.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,446 flights a day
to more than 370 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United
Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and
operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is
investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats
in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based
international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas
routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on nearly 200 aircraft, offering
customers more live television access than any other airline in the world.
United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale
investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet
by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company
expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new
international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded
United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global
Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent
flyer program for nine consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star
Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More
than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries
around the world.For more information, visit united.com or follow United on
Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental
Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
SOURCE United Airlines
Contact: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640,
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