United adds New York LaGuardia to E175 destinations

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United Airlines will add Embraer 175 service to its existing route between Chicago O’Hare and New York LaGuardia in June.

The daily flight will begin on 14 June and supplement the planned introduction of the 76-seat regional aircraft on the Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier’s flights to Boston Logan and Washington National from O’Hare in May.

Jim Compton, chief revenue officer of United, says that the addition of the E175 on the Chicago-New York route will improve customer satisfaction compared to older aircraft and allow for more upgrades, at the JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Industrials conference in New York today.

United plans to add 27 E175 enhanced aircraft to its regional fleet in 2014. Mesa Airlines and SkyWest Airlines will operate the aircraft.

The E175s will replace up to 50-seat regional jet aircraft, including Bombardier CRJ200s and Embraer ERJ145s, in the mainline carrier’s fleet.

This replacement of smaller jets will drive about 15% of United’s anticipated up to 2% growth in available seat miles (ASMs) in 2014, says Compton.

United plans to remove 34 small regional jets in 2014, according to its 23 January fleet plan.