So what is a CRJ550?

This past weekend, Go Jet Airlines operating under the United Express banner, released details on which routes it’s “new” Bombardier CRJ550 aircraft will be operating initially.

But what is a CRJ550?

The CRJ550 is essentially a Bombardier CRJ700. However, it has a passenger capacity of just 50 which allows United Airlines to operate the aircraft without breaking any pilot agreements.

The current agreement states that airlines flying under the United Express banner are limited to flying 255 aircraft which seat between 51 and 76 passengers. Therefore, the 50 seat CRJ550 is exempt.

CRJ550 first class cabin
CRJ550 first class cabin

United will feature 10 first class seats, 20 economy plus and 20 economy seats. Also featured onboard will be four large closets – meaning no more gate checking larger bags, and a walk up refreshment centre for first class customers. The aircraft also boast WiFi and the most legroom of any 50 seat aircraft in operation within the United States.

Where will the CRJ550 fly?

The aircraft will initially fly from Chicago O’Hare to the following destinations. The flights will commence on 27th October 2019.

  • Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE) 
  • Bentonville, Arkansas (XNA). 
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CID) 
  • Cincinnati (CVG) 
  • Columbus, Ohio (CMH) 
  • Des Moines, Iowa (DSM) 
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR) 
  • Greensboro, North Carolina (GSO) 
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT) 
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IND), 
  • Madison, Wisconsin (MSN) 
  • Oklahoma City (OKC) 
  • Richmond, Virginia (RIC) 
  • St. Louis, Missouri (STL) 
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma (TUL)

How Many CRJ550’s will there be?

In total, there will be 50 CRJ550’s operating in the United Express livery. United Airlines have stated that more destinations will be announced over the coming weeks from their hubs at Newark and Washington Dulles airports.

Currently, only United Airlines have committed to the new type. Whilst the CRJ550 is certified as a new type, none of them are new builds. All have been converted from the more densely populated CRJ700. The first example previously flew for SkyWest Airlines on behalf of American Airlines.

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