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United Opens Tickets for the First CRJ-550 Flight

United Opens Tickets for the First CRJ-550 Flight
Joe Cortez

Flyers who want to be on the first United Airlines Bombardier CRJ-550 flight can start purchasing tickets on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The CRJ-550 is billed as the “world’s only two-cabin, 50 seat aircraft,” and will fly to several key cities from the Chicago hub.

If you’re a flyer who likes being the first to fly a new aircraft, you’ll want to mark your calendar for October 12, 2019. On that Saturday, United Airlines will launch ticket sales for its first Bombardier CRJ-550 flight on Saturday, October 27.

United bills the regional jet as the “world’s only two-cabin, 50 seat aircraft.” Among the premium amenities promised on this aircraft are space for all rolling suitcases carried on by passengers, more legroom and United Wi-Fi aboard the entire flight.

The aircraft will consist of 10 United First seats, 20 United Economy Plus seats and 20 United Economy seats. First-class seats offer 42 inches of pitch between seats and movable armrests at every seat. The five rows of Economy Plus seats will feature between 34 and 36 inches of pitch on every seat, while United Economy will be limited to the standard 30 inches of pitch.

In the first-class cabin, United promises a self-service experience throughout the flight. Flyers in the forward cabin can treat themselves to a self-serve refreshment center with a wide selection of food and beverage. But despite promising a “true first-class seating,” leaked photos of the first CRJ-550 show a standard, wider slimline seat in the first four rows.

When the CRJ-550 goes into service, it will serve 15 markets to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The first markets to welcome the new aircraft into service include Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE), Columbus, Ohio (CMH), Indianapolis, Indiana (IND), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (OKC) and St. Louis, Missouri (STL). According to the company’s press release, the growth will continue across additional cities from Chicago, as well as their hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).


[Image: Bombardier Interiors]

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  1. critten

    October 11, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Lets get rid of the crj200. took that from ont-sfo and barely fit in those tiny seats!

  2. tmac100

    October 12, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Hey critten, what is your weight and heigth? I fit tightly into dconomy seats and am 6’5″ and over 230 lbs.
    Yes, USA flights really squeeze pax into seats – on most USA flights I have been on.

  3. bbriscoe34

    October 12, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Self service first class? Does that mean you pour your own scotch?

    I’ve seen that on AA TATL, but would surprise me to see unattended liquor in public settings in the US.

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