I recently had the chance to explore United’s new Bombardier CRJ-550, a 50-seat jet that is undoubtedly one of the roomiest and most innovate regional jets in the sky.
United CRJ-550 Layout
United has taken a 76-seat regional jet and turned it into a 50-seat regional jet by including a (proportionally) large first class cabin, extra legroom economy seats, and plenty of room to store full-size carry-on baggage.
The configuration includes:
- 10 seats in United First
- 20 seats in United EconomyPlus
- 20 seats in United Economy
In first class, a self-serve refreshment area offers snacks and drinks. The area is probably not necessary, but since only one flight attendant will be onboard and the aircraft will operate short-haul routes, it is a nice feature if passengers want additional snacks or beverages in-flight.
United CRJ-550 Routes
United will fly the CRJ-550 from Chicago to the following destinations:
- Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE)
- Bentonville, Arkansas (XNA)
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CID)
- Cincinnati, Ohio (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, Oklahoma (OKC)
- Richmond, Virginia (RIC)
- St. Louis, Missouri (STL)
- Tulsa, Oklahoma (TUL)
Next year, the aircraft will operate out of Newark (EWR) as well, including a new hourly shuttle between Newark and Washington National (DCA).
United CRJ-550 Pictures
When I was in Chicago recently, I had a chance to explore the new CRJ-550 for myself. The following pictures are all taken by me:
CRJ-500 United First
CRJ-500 Luggage Storage
CRJ-500 United Economy Plus
CRJ-500 United Economy
CRJ-500 Flight Deck + Crew
Admittedly, I still prefer Embraer regional jets the new CRJ-500. That said, as someone who often gets stuck on CRJ-200s, I cannot underscore what a vast improvement this configuration is over United’s other 50-seat regional jets.