United Airlines has placed a firm order for 20 Boeing Brazil E175s, placing options for a further 19. Deliveries are scheduled for the last six months of 2020.
The E175’s will be configured with 70 seats, replacing older aircraft in United’s feeder fleet, such as Bombardier CRJ700s, according to United’s CFO Gerry Laderman.
United has to replace its older aircraft as it can only have 255 in the 70-76 seats format in its regional fleet, because of the terms of its contract with pilots. It’s already operating that 255 total in the current fleet, made up of CRJ700s, Embraer 170’s and E175’s .
United’s regional carriers, ExpressJet Airlines, Mesa Airlines and SkyWest Airlines operate some 153 E175s for United.
United will decide which regional carrier gets the 20 new aircraft at a later date.