Tomorrow night will mark the final United Airlines (United Express) turboprop-operated flight in North America.
While United Express operated by Skywest retired its fleet of Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia Turboprop almost three years ago, United Express operated by CommutAir has continued to operate Bombardier Q200s, mostly along the East Coast.
Tomorrow night, Sunday January 7th, will be the final Q200 flight from Syracuse to Washington Dulles.
United Flight 4909
Syracuse, NY (SYR)
Departs 7:25 p.m.
Arrives 9:16 p.m.
United Express SVP Brad Rich stated–
This aircraft has generated significant value to the company’s route network for many years. Working together with Network Planning, we are constantly analyzing our overall fleet plans ensuring we have the right aircraft meeting market demand. We are excited to have CommutAir converting to exclusively jet service, providing our customers and employees with a more efficient and consistent product.
Don’t think you’ll necessarily be getting a better aircraft, however. The Q200s will be replaced with single-cabin Embraer’s E-145. I find seating more spacious aboard the Q200. Sad that the removal of a turboprop will constitute a product downgrade…
Still want to fly a turboprop and earn United miles? You’ll have to go to Guam for that. There, United parters with Cape Air which still operates ATR-42s under the United Express banner.
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