First Look: Inside United’s CRJ-550 Regional Jet

Story by AirlineGeeks' Dylan Oakes

United's CRJ-550 in its new livery (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Dylan Oakes)

United’s new CRJ-550 enters regular passenger service on Sunday, and AirlineGeeks was invited to take a look at the airplane before its inaugural run. The reconfigured CRJ-700 is a stark departure from the regional jets of the past with comfortable seating and passenger-friendly amenities.

United touts the 550 as, “the world’s only 50-seat regional aircraft to offer true first-class seating and other premium amenities.”

Boarding United’s CRJ-550 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Dylan Oakes)

Boarding the CRJ-550 passengers can immediately tell, this isn’t your standard regional jet. Passengers are greeted by a spacious entryway and the first-class walk-up bar. It has the feel of an international wide-body, not a regional feeder plane.

The walk-up bar on United’s CRJ-550 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Dylan Oakes)

The aircraft is set up in a premium heavy two-class configuration consisting of 10 first class seats featuring a whopping 42” pitch. 20 Economy Plus and 20 Economy seats with 34-36” pitch and 30” pitch respectively. The first row of economy plus has virtually unlimited legroom.

The CRJ-550 features high premium seating (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Dylan Oakes)

The plane sports room for every customer to bring on a roller bag that can be stored in floor level lockers as well as a walk-up drink and snack station for passengers seated up front. Alcoholic drinks will continue to have to be served by a flight attendant.

Economy plus on the United CRJ-550 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Dylan Oakes)

First class passengers will also be treated to premium snacks found on mainline flights like a fruit and cheese plate. Drinks up front will be served in the Polaris glassware to polish off the premium experience.

Floor-level lockers on the newly debuted regional jet (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Dylan Oakes)

The jet will feature Wi-Fi as well as streaming entertainment. Power outlets will be added at each seat at a later date, according to United.

The CRJ-550 enters regularly scheduled service this Sunday from Chicago O’Hare to fifteen destinations and will begin flying out of United’s Newark and Washington Dulles hubs in the coming weeks.

AirlineGeeks.com Staff

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