What do you guys think?
Seems a bit odd to offer so many first class seats, if at all, for a regional jet.
This would probably be a bit overweight for a CRJ, due to the first class seats
I think it actually makes sense. Skinny business oriented routes absolutely exist, and this seems like the perfect plane to serve them on. A lot is US travelers are business oriented, so I think a premium product for a short skinny route is going to be a big hit, I’m surprised this idea hasn’t been implemented in mass yet…
Also with a 1-2 fc seat configuration, business couples can travel together.
Sure, there’s definitely a market for business travelers, but that’s typically for longer flights. Do you really think even business travelers would spend double the price for a 20 minute flight? Who knows.
It probably wouldn’t be a money maker for airlines, because most people would fly premium/economy and not first, so there would just be empty seats
Na, a 50 seat plane.
I don’t really understand the whole “new plane” thing. This is literally a CRJ-700 with a re-configured cabin. From the outside, you wouldn’t even be able to tell this “550” apart from the -700.
The place is certified with the FAA as a CRJ-700. This is just a different configuration meant for connection between larger cities and smaller cities with a lot of business travel. Most recently, I saw one of these flying STL-ORD, which are two decently sized cities.
@DylanHK, and @Joeavatar7, if your flying a 20 min flight instead of driving money is probably not a huge object. But this can actually be used on longer flights than a normal CRJ-700 I asume becuais of the reduced weight, so once you look at a 3 hour flight whare before you only had a regular RJ, or were facing one or more stop overs, it is going to start to be a good option for a lot of people I think, definitely enough to make it worth it. I’m sure United has ran the numbers and figured out what routes this is profitable on, and I don’t have that info, but this is in no way intended to replace every CRJ-700, just to offer a premium product of smaller flights (both time, and capacity wise) whare that makes sense…
Basically, this is United’s move to increase premium capacity. This came with the announcement of the 46 business class seat and 22 premium economy seat 767-300ER.
The self serve thing is interesting, I guess that’s just so they can give this plane to there regional partners and not really have to worry about having first class level flight attendants?? 🤷🏻♂️
Will need to read again… but there’s a chance this aircraft might be operated with one flight attendant only? Or at least one in each cabin…
Truthfully, not sure if that goes against regulations… I feel like I’ve flown on an ERJ or something that only had one FA.
I mean if you have ten on a triple 7 your working out to a similar passenger to FA ratio as one, so two would be plenty I think…
I believe that there is one flight attendant need for every 50 people. I could be wrong, but I’m thinking that there will be one flight attendant.
I don’t know about 20-minute flights, but United will fly the CRJ-550 on Chicago O’Hare to Bentonville (XNA) which is a rather high business destination because… Wal-Mart. The route is around 1 hour and 15 minutes long.
Even PIT to NYC which I have no idea if it will ever see this aircraft is a pretty par for the course RJ flight, short, and high frequency. But still 45 mins. There is also probably a fair amount of business travel on that route, but we do have seasonal mainline service, which would probably make a product like this a bit redundant…