United has said that it will welcome the Embraer 175 to its United Express fleet beginning in May with two routes out of Chicago-O’hare International Airport.
On May 17, the first United Express E175 will operate from Chicago-O’hare to Washington Reagan National. On May 19, Chicago will also see E175 service to Boston Logan.
“The 76-seat Embraer 175 is the newest addition to the United Express fleet,” United says in a release announcing the schedule for the first flights. “United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines will operate the flights, with 12 seats in United First, 16 seats in United Economy Plus and 48 seats in United Economy.”
United’s regional affiliate Skywest ordered 40 of the E175s in May 2013. Deliveries are expected to continue through mid-2015.
“Our customers tell us they value comfort and convenience in an in-flight experience,” Jeff Foland, United’s EVP of marketing, technology and strategy, says in the statement. “The addition of the E175 to the United Express fleet enables us to maintain and better serve our customers, particularly in regional and in high-frequency business markets, as we build a flyer-friendly airline.”
According to United the new Embraer 175s will be used to phase out some of United’s “less efficient regional aircraft from the fleet. The E175s consume less fuel per seat and have fewer CO2 emissions per seat than the aircraft they replace.”