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United Airlines has announced an agreement with Embraer for 10 firm orders for the E175. Embraer expects that United or one of its partners will convert options for 18 aircraft to firm orders in the near term. United Express, the regional partner of United Airlines, would then have a fleet of 153 E175s that would give the regional entity the distinction of having all of its 76-seat equipment operated exclusively by E175s.
United Express E175s are configured with 12 First Class, 16 Economy Plus and 48 Economy Class seats. The layout provides product consistency with aircraft in United’s mainline jet fleet which also have dedicated premium cabins, Economy Plus and Economy Class seating. The E175’s range, three-zone configuration, and Wi-Fi allows United to schedule the aircraft in parallel with its larger mainline jets to better match capacity to demand without compromising cabin service standards.
The first deliveries from this new order are scheduled in 2016.