United Airlines Orders New Embraer E175s to Refresh Its United Express Fleet
United Airlines will bring new Embraer E175 jets into its regional fleet, announcing a deal with the Brazilian jetmaker on Monday at the Paris Air Show.
The deal includes a firm order for 20 of the planes plus options for 19 more. The total deal, including the options, would be valued at $1.9 billion at list prices — though airlines typically receive substantial discounts on such orders.
United intends to use aircraft from the new order to replace older 70-seat aircraft currently in operation at its United Express regional affiliates.
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“The E175, operated by our regional partners, has proven to be an important part of our fleet as we continue to grow our mainline airline and provide an enhanced customer experience,” United CFO Gerry Laderman said in a statement. “As we focus on providing our customers the utmost comfort and convenience, we will rely on aircraft like the E175 to help us achieve our goal of delivering the best experience in the sky.”
Deliveries from deal the are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020.
“Replacing older aircraft is a necessity for United, which can only have up to 255 (aircraft) with 70-76 seats in its regional fleet under its contract with pilots,” writes trade publication FlightGlobal. “(United) operated CRJ700s, Embraer 170s and E175s that, together, totaled that number at the end of March, its latest fleet plan shows.”