United revealed a brand new aircraft today, the CRJ-550, that I call the business-friendly regional jet. It’s quite a leap from United’s current 50-seat jet.
Currently, United operates CRJ-200s through its various United Express partners. These 50-seat aircrafts are single-cabin, feature tight legroom, no power, no wi-fi, and are generally very uncomfortable.
But today, United unveiled a new 50-seat regional jet, called the CRJ-550, that will represent a new era in the regional jet market. These jets, produced by Bombardier, will be equivalent in size to the CRJ-700 but features 30% less seats.
The infographic below sums up most of what we know about the new aircraft.
- I love the premium-heavy configuration.
- Oversized closets plus overhead bins will cut the need to gate check larger carry-on bags, a huge plus for all travelers.
- The Self-service beverage and snack station is intriguing. Will it just be a counter or something more substantial like the lovely “kitchens” in SAS Business Class.
- Wi-Fi onboard is so essential…hopefully it will be high-speed.
Already, I love flying United’s EMB-175s more than many mainline aircraft. I suspect that this aircraft will be an even more comfortable experience.
Where to Fly the Bombardier CRJ-550
United will introduce the CRJ-500 on select regional routes from Chicago O’Hare this summer. As more aircraft arrive, the aircraft will also be found at Newark.
I am excited to fly on this new aircraft. I get stuck on 50-seat regional jets all the time flying out of Burbank. While we won’t see them anytime soon on the West Coast, this looks to be a great addition to the United Express fleet.