More CRJ 550s on the way!

Old Feb 19, 20, 4:44 pm
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More CRJ 550s on the way!

https://thepointsguy.com/news/united...term=Editorial

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United Airlines is betting on the continued success of the Bombardier CRJ550 with a commitment for 20 more of the type by next year.
... The additional aircraft, which will give United a fleet of 74 CRJ550s by the end of 2021, will begin arriving this summer.

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Old Feb 19, 20, 7:07 pm
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I could not be happier! The CRJ550s are a great addition to the fleet.
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Old Feb 19, 20, 7:44 pm
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Finally get to try them out 3 times in the next 4 weeks. Glad they are adding more as I have already spent too much time on the 135/145/200 this year.
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Old Feb 20, 20, 4:57 am
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Great news! I flew on the 550 twice in the last 24 hours and thought the plane was very comfortable and (dare I say) spacious for a regional jet.
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Old Feb 20, 20, 7:58 am
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I'm very interested in trying them, never had a flight on one (yet). When the new E175s were introduced they became one of my favorite planes. 7CD are the most spacious seats I've ever sat in.
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Great to hear. Really like this aircraft. I hope EWR will see a good percentage of these new planes.
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Old Feb 20, 20, 8:40 am
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I've flown on the 550 4x now and even though i like the idea of this i still have to wonder if ua will can this project once they get a new contract with their pilots and convert them back to 70 seats. i have not seen any numbers on casm but gojet has to be doing this for next to nothing or ua is not making alot of $$ on this.
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Old Feb 20, 20, 9:56 am
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Originally Posted by cosflyer View Post
I've flown on the 550 4x now and even though i like the idea of this i still have to wonder if ua will can this project once they get a new contract with their pilots and convert them back to 70 seats. i have not seen any numbers on casm but gojet has to be doing this for next to nothing or ua is not making alot of $$ on this.
I'm on maybe my 8th or 10th since the first of the year and I think you might be looking at it the wrong way around (All on C fares).. First the CASM is going to be (slightly) lower than a 70 seater since you only have 1 FA. But it also fills a niche where high-fare flyers would otherwise be booking away from UA if they put a CR2 or 145 on the route that otherwise couldn't justify a larger aircraft

For example, I flat out will not fly a CR2 (and hate the extent to which they've infested the fleet) narrow parameters where I'll accept a 145. (Less than 90 minute stage length and I have to be able to get 18A, 18D, or 1A).

Prior to the 550 getting to Richmond on UA was becoming a pain in the butt with those parameters -- including a schedule change where my C fare on a 738 from ORD became Y on a CR2 and I was within minutes of cancelled ng the trip and rebooking it on AA...but then another schedule change happened and I wound up on a 550 and couldn't be much happier.

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Old Feb 20, 20, 10:07 am
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Originally Posted by lincolnjkc View Post
For example, I flat out will not fly a CR2 (and hate the extent to which they've infested the fleet) narrow parameters where I'll accept a 145. (Less than 90 minute stage length and I have to be able to get 18A, 18D, or 1A).
This is probably a lot of frequent fliers. I also will not fly a CR2 unless there is no other way to get to the destination. Even then, I'd consider alternate airports and driving. A 145 is mostly fine for me for any length so long as I'm on the A side.
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Old Feb 20, 20, 12:01 pm
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Originally Posted by cosflyer View Post
I've flown on the 550 4x now and even though i like the idea of this i still have to wonder if ua will can this project once they get a new contract with their pilots and convert them back to 70 seats. i have not seen any numbers on casm but gojet has to be doing this for next to nothing or ua is not making alot of $$ on this.
I seriously doubt that UA is going to get scope relief from the pilots, so the CR5 is probably here for a while. The CR7 doesn't have dramatically higher trip costs than a CR2, and with a F cabin, plus ancillaries, the CR5 definitely has greater revenue potential than a CR2. So, contrary to 'conventional wisdom', I don't think the CR5 is necessarily a loser for UA, but an acceptable stop-gap until UA can solve its scope issue (whether by bringing in a new small narrowbody type or reaching a different solution).

Even if UA finds a way to take on more 76-seaters, what's likelier (IMV) is that UA converts the 70-seat E-175SC to the standard 76-seat configuration (since presumably more will be allowed) and continues to draw down 50-seaters in favor of the CR5. I don't expect to see a mad rush to reconfigure the CR5 back to a CR7, as UA still has lots of thoroughly-uncompetitive 50-seaters in the system.
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Old Feb 20, 20, 12:09 pm
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Originally Posted by lincolnjkc View Post
For example, I flat out will not fly a CR2 (and hate the extent to which they've infested the fleet) narrow parameters where I'll accept a 145. (Less than 90 minute stage length and I have to be able to get 18A, 18D, or 1A).
Amen! I just flew through IAD from MUC and had a connection on a CR200 because I wanted to avoid a 4th connection that day and it was an even more miserable experience than I expected. I went from a Polaris lie-flat to the Devil's Chariot. The flight made the 135/145's feel luxe.
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Old Feb 20, 20, 1:58 pm
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Great news. I've been able to arrange all my connections to be either 550s or E-175s and I couldn't be happier.
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Old Feb 20, 20, 2:26 pm
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My average tip this year has been about $1200 FWIW and I haven't left the Midwest
Wow! Okay, so you’ve just redefined “big tipper” in my mind.
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Old Feb 20, 20, 2:36 pm
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Any word if they're coming to the wet coast hubs? I'm flying DEN-SBA in two weeks and it's the dreaded 200, almost a 3 hour flight
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Old Feb 20, 20, 2:44 pm
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Any word if they're coming to the wet coast hubs? I'm flying DEN-SBA in two weeks and it's the dreaded 200, almost a 3 hour flight
That's what I want to know. Sounds like SkyWest will have to include this in their contract with United?

I don't envy you flying DEN-SBA on the CR2. I refuse to fly further than ~one hour on one of those planes (enabling BUR-SFO), which is about all they're good for, IMO. And although I did fly SMF-LAX in a CR2 last night, I would have much rather taken a larger plane.
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