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United's CRJ-550 in its new livery (Photo: AirlineGeeks

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

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.” [caption id="attachment_37440" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Boarding United's CRJ-550 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Dylan Oakes)[/caption] Boarding the CRJ-550 passengers…

American Airlines Places Orders For Two Sets of Regional Aircraft

American Airlines announced two orders for small jets to serve regional routes which have less demand and do not require mainline aircraft. The airline signed an order for 15 Embraer E175 aircraft bringing up the total ordered E175 aircraft to 89 and also signed an order for 15 new Bombardier…

Traversing Larger Boundaries: The Ever Expanding Reach of Regional Aircraft

Regional aircraft, the small, less than 100 seat airplanes that we see at small airports across the country, are finding themselves on longer routes. The aircraft were originally offered as a way for airlines to serve short routes with less demand using less fuel-intensive aircraft. However, a new trend has…

Regional Reconstruction: The Decline of the 50-Seat Jet

While the mergers of the last ten years have changed the way people fly and the experience they have in aviation in the United States, the regional jet image is changing as well. In the late 1990s through mid-2000s, airlines were determined to make the 50-seat or smaller market with…