United to base first E175s at Chicago O’Hare

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United Airlines will base its first Embraer 175 regional jets at its Chicago O’Hare International airport hub when service begins in May.

The aircraft will operate on flights between Chicago and Ronald Reagan Washington National airport from 17 May and on flights between Chicago and Boston Logan International from 19 May, according to the Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier.

SkyWest Airlines will operate the E175s, which are configured with 76 seats in two classes.

The Utah-based regional carrier plans to take delivery of 24 E175s for United during 2014. The first delivery is scheduled for the week of 24 March.

American Airlines operates E175s, which it added to its fleet from August 2013, operated by Republic Airlines on both the Chicago-Washington National route.

American is the only other carrier on the Washington National route while both American and JetBlue Airways fly between Chicago O’Hare and Boston, Innovata schedules show.