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Topic: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Catiii
Posted 2012-12-11 13:04:57 and read 8670 times.

On a recent trip I had the chance to fly United Express on the outbound leg (an E145) and Delta Connection on the home bound leg (CR9). I was struck by the significant differences in the United and Delta products, and while I recognize that Delta's product is much more mature following the Northwest merger I wondered what UA's plans are for its Express product going forward.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: ADent
Posted 2012-12-11 13:07:43 and read 8669 times.

I would guess the plan is to sign the pilot contract with the new scope clause and start flying more 70 seaters.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: FL787
Posted 2012-12-11 13:29:32 and read 8559 times.

Should the pilot contract pass, the UAX fleet will become pretty much identical to the DL connection fleet though they'll be a few years behind. The scope in the contract is partly based on UA purchasing a new small mainline aircraft much like DL with the 717s. As of right now, in the long run assuming the contract passes and conditions are met, DL and UA will both have a hard cap of 450 regional aircraft with 325 of those allowed to be 51-76 seats.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Catiii
Posted 2012-12-11 13:31:56 and read 8546 times.

So I would imagine the logical step after that is to have a similar F/Y+/Y onboard product with the new fleet?

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: United787
Posted 2012-12-11 13:32:35 and read 8535 times.

Quoting Catiii (Thread starter):
I was struck by the significant differences in the United and Delta products,

Can you expand on the differences you experienced? I have not been on a DL Connection in a long time. Did it have Economy Comfort? Did the UAX have E+?

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Catiii
Posted 2012-12-11 14:01:57 and read 8412 times.

Quoting United787 (Reply 4):

Can you expand on the differences you experienced? I have not been on a DL Connection in a long time. Did it have Economy Comfort? Did the UAX have E+?

Sure thing (I probably should have done so from the outset).

The UAX experience was onboard an E145 out of EWR to SAV. My sense at EWR is that the E145 makes up the vast majority of the UAX ops. I don't have status on UA, but I was traveling on an unrestricted fare and did also purchase an economy plus seat. I was somewhat surprised that purchasing an economy plus seat doesn't allow for boarding in one of the earlier groups I think I boarded in group 6 and was in seat 1A. The crew could have not been nicer, although the boarding process at A concourse at EWR is a bit of a mess given the configuration of the terminal. The onboard product was an all coach product, little overhead space (by the time I had boarded all the overhead space was taken and although I pink tagged my rollaboard they wanted me to also pink tag my laptop case). I know the airplanes are utilized hard but it was rundown inside. Onboard the offering was water and pretzels.

The DL experience was onboard a CR7 to LGA with an F and Y product (F has 9 seats in it). I'm Diamond on DL and upgraded to F. DL offers a predeparture beverage, and after takeoff a full complement of beverages and the snack basket. Coach has a full complement of beverages, Biscoff and peanuts.

So I guess the comparisons are this:

1. DL offers an F/Y product (and Y+ on the E170/175) allowing pax with status the ability to upgrade. UAX does not.
2. DL offers Economy Comfort pax on Delta Connection priority boarding; UAX does not for Economy Plus.
3. The DL Connection onboard beverage offering is more expansive then the UAX offering (at least in my experience).
4. DL is making a conscious effort to retire their 50 seat RJ's, while it appears on UAX the 50 seat RJ's are the bulk of the fleet.

Let me close by saying this: I'm not criticizing the decisions UA is making with their Express fleet. It's perfectly rational in my mind for them to continue with their current onboard product if they so choose. I'm merely curious if, as the merger integration matures, they have a plan for the future that is above and beyond what they're currently offering so that they can compete with a DL for example.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Goldenshield
Posted 2012-12-11 14:15:19 and read 8346 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 5):
3. The DL Connection onboard beverage offering is more expansive then the UAX offering (at least in my experience).

Delta also offers a meal in first class if the flight qualifies. Not a snack box, a meal, which puts it much more in line with the DL mainline product----even if it IS, at minimum, a cold meal.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: RiverCityFlyer
Posted 2012-12-11 14:15:24 and read 8345 times.

In my opinion, the UAX operation is kind of at a stand still. EVERYTHING about that flying will depend on the outcome of the new TA. I'm sure UA will catch up to speed on there UAX service at some point, but right now are focusing on bigger things.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: AA737-823
Posted 2012-12-11 14:29:12 and read 8287 times.

The UAX onboard product has really fallen behind the competition; even bankrupt American Eagle offers HOT meal service on CR7 flights between ORD and, say, AUS during meal times.
DLX does meals too.

Meanwhile, on a four-hour flight from LAX to DFW, you get..... nothing. They wanted $400 to upgrade to F, where all you get is a slightly wider seat. Hard to justify that, folks.

And as much as I like the ERJ's, they're getting REALLY shabby inside. I've been flying on them for about ten years, and at first, I was pleasantly surprised! Now, however, I board to find filth in the seats, wall panel damage, overhead PSU damage, nasty carpet, etc. And the OO CRJ's aren't much better!

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: UALFAson
Posted 2012-12-11 15:01:03 and read 8187 times.

Well, one issue is that you are comparing apples to oranges when it comes to aircraft amenities. UA's 50-seat ERJ-145s do not have first class or Economy Plus. They have priority seating, such as the bulkheads, front-rows-of-economy, and emergency exit rows, but there is not a proper Economy Plus offering. That's also the reason you were not given priority boarding in EWR--you were not actually sitting in Economy Plus.

On your return flight on DL, you were either on a CRJ-700 or -900 (you used both). These are larger aircraft that, on UA, do offer a First Class cabin and Economy Plus (on the CR7. UA does not fly the CR9).

A better comparison to UA's ERJ-145 would be DL's CRJ-200, which I flew on a couple of weeks ago. Although the service was friendly, the airplane was cramped and I think most flyers would pick an ERJ-145 over the CRJ-200 on any carrier.

As for beverage selection, I would be curious to know what DL offers that UA does not? I have flown both UAX and DLX aircraft in the past few weeks and the collection of Coca-Cola soft drinks and Minute Maid juices was almost identical.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Catiii
Posted 2012-12-11 15:12:29 and read 8133 times.

Quoting UALFAson (Reply 9):
UA's 50-seat ERJ-145s do not have first class or Economy Plus.
Quoting UALFAson (Reply 9):
That's also the reason you were not given priority boarding in EWR--you were not actually sitting in Economy Plus.
Quoting UALFAson (Reply 9):
They have priority seating, such as the bulkheads, front-rows-of-economy, and emergency exit rows, but there is not a proper Economy Plus offering.

Then they shouldn't sell it as Economy Plus on the website when you book an E145. Seat 1A, and the exit rows have a surcharge from $12 to $35 under the heading of Economy Plus.

Quoting UALFAson (Reply 9):
On your return flight on DL, you were either on a CRJ-700 or -900 (you used both).

Yeah, fat fingers. It was a CR7 coming back  
Quoting UALFAson (Reply 9):
As for beverage selection, I would be curious to know what DL offers that UA does not? I have flown both UAX and DLX aircraft in the past few weeks and the collection of Coca-Cola soft drinks and Minute Maid juices was almost identica

The only option offered on the flight was water.

Quoting UALFAson (Reply 9):
A better comparison to UA's ERJ-145 would be DL's CRJ-200, which I flew on a couple of weeks ago. Although the service was friendly, the airplane was cramped and I think most flyers would pick an ERJ-145 over the CRJ-200 on any carrier.

I was comparing the UAX experience at large vs. the DL experience. DL has made a concious effort to do away with their Y only Connection product. That's the comparison.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Mir
Posted 2012-12-11 15:21:17 and read 8094 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 5):
1. DL offers an F/Y product (and Y+ on the E170/175) allowing pax with status the ability to upgrade. UAX does not.

UAX does offer a F/Y+/Y product on all its aircraft larger than 50 seats (CR7 and E70).

-Mir

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: IAHFLYR
Posted 2012-12-11 15:30:30 and read 8058 times.

Quoting Mir (Reply 11):
UAX does offer a F/Y+/Y product on all its aircraft larger than 50 seats (CR7 and E70).


Yes, the SkyWest CRJ7's that I have flown on offer F/Y+/Y, but without an ovens of course they can't serve hot meals. The SkyWest CRJ9's flying for DL I have been told offer the hot meals as they have ovens, but I've never been on board a CRJ9 so it's only by word of mouth.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: AA737-823
Posted 2012-12-11 15:40:51 and read 8029 times.

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 12):
Yes, the SkyWest CRJ7's that I have flown on offer F/Y+/Y, but without an ovens of course they can't serve hot meals.

Ovens or not, UAX doesn't even serve COLD meals in F, much less hot ones.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 10):
The only option offered on the flight was water.

I intended to respond to that point in my rant on how behind UAX has fallen; that's actually NOT normal. Especially on a flight that long, UAX offers sodas for free. Why they didn't on your flight, I don't know, but would chalk up to either a catering error (hard to imagine) or a lazy FA (which I HAVE encountered).

What's irritating is the difference between UAX carriers, and their service policies: on a DAL-IAH run, if you're on ExpressJet, you get a Coke. If you're on SkyWest on the same DAL-IAH, often times the FA will say, "Due to the short nature of this flight, we're only offering water." Funny, the flight isn't any shorter on ExpressJet....

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: ADent
Posted 2012-12-11 19:28:36 and read 7723 times.

Now you know why they want to minimize the ERJ-145 and CRJ-200 fleet and expand the CRJ-700 and ERJ-170 (70 seater) fleet.

sCO doesn't allow 70 seater jets (due to pilot scope clause), so I imagine many of the operations at EWR are the smaller RJs.

There is priority boarding on the ExPlus 70 seaters on UAX. They get the standard meal service (free soft drinks, Buy On Board food, pretzels on flights more than 2.5 hours - last time I flew UA). The 70 seaters have same size (larger) bins on both sides of the aisle (in Y and Y+), so no problems with a laptop bag. Roller bags have to be tagged generally.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: gigneil
Posted 2012-12-11 19:38:29 and read 7683 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 5):
1. DL offers an F/Y product (and Y+ on the E170/175) allowing pax with status the ability to upgrade. UAX does not.

United Express and DL Connection offer very similar service levels. The only difference is the hot meals.

United Express launched F/Y+/Y regional service in this country.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 10):
Then they shouldn't sell it as Economy Plus on the website when you book an E145. Seat 1A, and the exit rows have a surcharge from $12 to $35 under the heading of Economy Plus.

...those seats offer additional legroom. What were you looking for?

Quoting Catiii (Reply 10):
The only option offered on the flight was water.

Was this flight 45 minutes or less?

If not, I'll be quite honest and not intentionally rude, but I don't believe you. All United Express flights that reach a workable altitude offer a full beverage service, and shorter flights where its not possible offer water and juice.

NS

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: C767P
Posted 2012-12-11 22:15:16 and read 6947 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 5):
Onboard the offering was water and pretzels.

On EWR-SAV this is due to a bad FA, I would complain. There should be a full beverage offering, same as you get on mainline. Not sure when they get snack boxes available, I believe they are hit or miss.

I also think paying to upgrade on the 145 is a crime! 1A on the ERJ might be one of the worst seats on the plane. The only seats they should be selling as E+ are the exit row seats.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: CO777DAL
Posted 2012-12-11 23:22:59 and read 6720 times.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 13):
What's irritating is the difference between UAX carriers, and their service policies: on a DAL-IAH run, if you're on ExpressJet, you get a Coke. If you're on SkyWest on the same DAL-IAH, often times the FA will say, "Due to the short nature of this flight, we're only offering water." Funny, the flight isn't any shorter on ExpressJet....

I'm glad you bough that up. This ought to be fixed by now. I personally brought that up when I was at UA Corporate office. I had a nice conversation with Mark Bergsrud (Senior Vice President Marketing) about this very issue and I mentioned when it was COEX under ExpressJet & Colgan things were consistent (both did full beverage service) and that Skywest seems to never serve a beverage on Intra-Texas flights [EVERY Skywest flight I was on Intr-Texas had NO beverage service not even water in CRJ-200] with me putting much emphasis and DAL-IAH and how Skywest uses incorrect flight time always saying DALto IAH is 35 or 30 minute flight. He had no idea this was going on and assured me he will personally take care of this. He was talking to us about consistency and improvement.

I also told the same thing to Scott O'Leary (Managing Director, Customer Solutions at United Airlines). Scott was quick to point out Southwest and what the competition does. CO seemed to understand the importance of consistent product and that their major competitor in Intra-Texas and most short haul flight in the South is Southwest which always does a beverage service. Both of the guys are from sCO, was surprised this was going on and said it will be fixed. They did it at CO so I have no doubt when they both personally assured me it will be fixed at UA>

There are growing pains and things can fall through the cracks and I think this was one thing upper management wasn't aware of. I was impressed by UA Management over those couple of day in Chicago and I believe things will be fixed and get better.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Goldenshield
Posted 2012-12-12 03:10:59 and read 6347 times.

Quoting CO777DAL (Reply 17):
Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 13):
What's irritating is the difference between UAX carriers, and their service policies: on a DAL-IAH run, if you're on ExpressJet, you get a Coke. If you're on SkyWest on the same DAL-IAH, often times the FA will say, "Due to the short nature of this flight, we're only offering water." Funny, the flight isn't any shorter on ExpressJet....

I'm glad you bough that up. This ought to be fixed by now.

You can't exactly blame them, per se. Both were just following pre-merger policies; doing EXACTLY as they've been told to from their respective major carriers. Although, I call bullocks with no service on all intra-Texas flights; IAH-ELP, especially.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: AA737-823
Posted 2012-12-12 03:36:45 and read 6293 times.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 18):
You can't exactly blame them, per se. Both were just following pre-merger policies; doing EXACTLY as they've been told to from their respective major carriers.

Per se, I don't blame the F/A's, unless they're being lazy and violating service standards, which in that case I doubt, given the consistency of OO not serving anything, and XE doing a full beverage service.
I do indeed blame the upper management not getting things in order.
Hopefully, this has been solved; I've been avoiding OO's CR2s in and out of Love Field for a while.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Deltal1011man
Posted 2012-12-12 03:51:33 and read 6260 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 5):
1. DL offers an F/Y product (and Y+ on the E170/175) allowing pax with status the ability to upgrade. UAX does not.

all 70/76 seat jets have F/Y+/Y and Wifi. (so CR7/9 E70/5)

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 6):

Delta also offers a meal in first class if the flight qualifies. Not a snack box, a meal, which puts it much more in line with the DL mainline product----even if it IS, at minimum, a cold meal.

isn't Delta adding ovens to the big RJs? thought i saw this somewhere.(along with the ovens back on the 88s)

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Antoniemey
Posted 2012-12-12 03:56:48 and read 6239 times.

Quoting C767P (Reply 16):
I also think paying to upgrade on the 145 is a crime! 1A on the ERJ might be one of the worst seats on the plane. The only seats they should be selling as E+ are the exit row seats.

I'm rather fond of 1A, myself... though I probably wouldn't pay extra to get it...

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Goldenshield
Posted 2012-12-12 04:36:57 and read 6133 times.

Quoting Deltal1011man (Reply 20):
isn't Delta adding ovens to the big RJs? thought i saw this somewhere.(along with the ovens back on the 88s)

I've heard that they've been added to the E170s, but I've not heard the same for the CRJs. I know that many European carriers have ovens on their CRJ-200s, and offer full meals for the entire cabin, so I know it's entirely possible.

Back when OO flew for Midwest, they actually had small ovens put into the galleys so that the cookies could be baked; however, they were taken out when that ended. I could be wrong, but AFAIK, neither DL or UA are interested in putting ovens on the CRJs.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: BC77008
Posted 2012-12-12 05:17:18 and read 5995 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 10):

The only option offered on the flight was water.

I could not imagine a flight from EWR to SAV only serving water. This doesn't seem true. If true, I could not imagine that the flight attendant on board did not offer some type of an apology or explanation via the PA system. And the only time we serve pretzels (yes I am an ERJ-145 flight attendant) is if we are delayed on the tarmac for 90+ minutes.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 10):

I was comparing the UAX experience at large vs. the DL experience. DL has made a concious effort to do away with their Y only Connection product. That's the comparison.

You are comparing your ONE experience on UAX vs your ONE experience on DLC and drawing a conclusion. I tell you what, when you fly again sometime within the next few years please book an outbound on a DLC CRJ-200 and then a return on an UAX E-170. I wonder why this is even in Civil Av... sounds like this thread is better suited for Travel Polls/Prefs or Trip Reports

Quoting gigneil (Reply 15):

If not, I'll be quite honest and not intentionally rude, but I don't believe you. All United Express flights that reach a workable altitude offer a full beverage service, and shorter flights where its not possible offer water and juice.

I agree

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Cubsrule
Posted 2012-12-12 05:33:11 and read 5922 times.

Quoting CO777DAL (Reply 17):
Scott was quick to point out Southwest and what the competition does. CO seemed to understand the importance of consistent product and that their major competitor in Intra-Texas and most short haul flight in the South is Southwest which always does a beverage service.

Correct, although IIRC unlike some other legacies (cough . . . DL . . . cough),the service level doesn't depend on whether or not there's competition. I flew BTR-IAH on 9L over the summer and there were two full beverage services.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: lhcvg
Posted 2012-12-12 06:58:17 and read 5762 times.

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 24):
Correct, although IIRC unlike some other legacies (cough . . . DL . . . cough),the service level doesn't depend on whether or not there's competition. I flew BTR-IAH on 9L over the summer and there were two full beverage services.

And that's a very good point to add - DL seems very good at cherrypicking where they have to put their best product to be competitive. One thing that will be interesting to watch is how/if UA service standards change once 76 seaters and the Cseries jets (presumably) arrive. Will they adopt policies like DL's adding ovens to more small planes, all 2-class on flights 750+ miles, etc?

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: planespotting
Posted 2012-12-12 07:22:41 and read 5675 times.

Quoting CO777DAL (Reply 17):
DAL-IAH and how Skywest uses incorrect flight time always saying DALto IAH is 35 or 30 minute flight.

Ha - as someone who's flown DAL-HOU quite a bit, that's hilarious. It's typically blocked for at least an hour, with flight time wheels up/wheels down time around 45-50 mins. In the summer/fall during thunderstorm season with the squirrely intra-Texas cell-dodge routing and hold times, 90 mins+ is not out of the question either.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: RDH3E
Posted 2012-12-12 07:56:50 and read 5580 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 5):
1. DL offers an F/Y product (and Y+ on the E170/175) allowing pax with status the ability to upgrade. UAX does not.

They do, just not on that aircraft as others have pointed out.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 5):
2. DL offers Economy Comfort pax on Delta Connection priority boarding; UAX does not for Economy Plus.

This surprises me, but it's probably just some oddity with the way the 145's are ticketed.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 5):
3. The DL Connection onboard beverage offering is more expansive then the UAX offering (at least in my experience).

It's pretty much the exact same, you just had a bad FA.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 10):
Then they shouldn't sell it as Economy Plus on the website when you book an E145

It IS economy plus. You have the extra legroom, no?

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 13):
Ovens or not, UAX doesn't even serve COLD meals in F, much less hot ones.

Some of those snack boxes are a decent meal, not sure exactly what you want.

Quoting CO777DAL (Reply 17):
Both of the guys are from sCO, was surprised this was going on and said it will be fixed. They did it at CO so I have no doubt when they both personally assured me it will be fixed at UA>

To put this whole "the flight is only 35 min, 1 hour blah blah" to rest. UAX carriers are contracted to provide beverage service only on flights longer than 220 miles (for jets). DAL-IAH is 216 miles. Sad maybe, but that's the reality of it.

[Edited 2012-12-12 08:10:50]

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Catiii
Posted 2012-12-12 08:53:05 and read 5307 times.

Quoting gigneil (Reply 15):
...those seats offer additional legroom. What were you looking for?

Priority boarding, which they do not offer.

Quoting gigneil (Reply 15):
Was this flight 45 minutes or less?

No, it was blocked for 2h 27m (EWR-SAV).

Quoting gigneil (Reply 15):
If not, I'll be quite honest and not intentionally rude, but I don't believe you.

Ok, don't believe me. She walked through the aisle three times asking if anyone wanted water and pretzels. Nothing else was offered.

Quoting BC77008 (Reply 23):
I tell you what, when you fly again sometime within the next few years

I fly, on average, 5 to 7 segments per week (predominantly on DL, although with our move to the west side of NYC I've been flying UA more and more for the convenience of EWR's schedule).

Quoting BC77008 (Reply 23):
You are comparing your ONE experience on UAX vs your ONE experience on DLC and drawing a conclusion.

No, I'm comparing about a half dozen recent experiences over the last month on each (all on UAX 145's).

Like I said in my first post, I was curious what UAX's plans were moving forward, and it seems that the product will get upgraded when the pilot TA is done. I wasn't bashing UAX, but since the majority of UAX is 50 seat ERJ or CRJ flying, and since DL has made the decision to minimize their 50 seat ERJ and CRJ flying, the product is different.

[Edited 2012-12-12 09:01:24]

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: RDH3E
Posted 2012-12-12 09:19:43 and read 5184 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 28):
I wasn't bashing UAX, but since the majority of UAX is 50 seat ERJ or CRJ flying, and since DL has made the decision to minimize their 50 seat ERJ and CRJ flying, the product is different.

Just so we're all on the same page, this is data info but telling:

The Delta Connection fleet (as of 2011 10k) consisted of:
50 or less- 364
70+ - 254

Page 18 of the DL 10k:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....RUNUSU9OX0VOVElSRSZzdWJzaWQ9NTc%3d

United at the same time had:

50 or less - 372
70+ - 182

Page 25:

http://ir.unitedcontinentalholdings....RUNUSU9OX0VOVElSRSZzdWJzaWQ9NTc%3d

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Cubsrule
Posted 2012-12-12 09:27:19 and read 5150 times.

Quoting RDH3E (Reply 29):
Just so we're all on the same page, this is data info but telling:

I don't know how telling it is. DL and UA both merged with carriers that were extremely dependent on 50 seat flying; people forget that NW was little better than CO or AA as far as large regional aircraft were concerned. DL has had more time to get the 50/70 seat balance more appropriate. Between the merger and when you pulled those numbers, DL had dismissed F8 to the tune of 36 ERJs and OH had dumped a number of 50 seaters as well. By 2015, I expect the ratios will be similar. UA is just a little behind DL as far as rebalancing the regional fleet, as is true in any number of other areas of merger integration.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Goldenshield
Posted 2012-12-12 09:32:11 and read 5093 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 28):
but since the majority of UAX is 50 seat ERJ or CRJ flying, and since DL has made the decision to minimize their 50 seat ERJ and CRJ flying, the product is different.

The product was different even BEFORE DL started cutting back on 50 seaters.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: RDH3E
Posted 2012-12-12 09:50:32 and read 5000 times.

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 30):
I don't know how telling it is. DL and UA both merged with carriers that were extremely dependent on 50 seat flying;

It absolutely is telling about the current situation of the fleets as it affect this persons current flying... It helps explain why he gets 50's all the time. But you're correct in the sense that it's not indicative of the end state of the fleets.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Acey559
Posted 2012-12-12 10:12:12 and read 4928 times.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 8):
And as much as I like the ERJ's, they're getting REALLY shabby inside. I've been flying on them for about ten years, and at first, I was pleasantly surprised! Now, however, I board to find filth in the seats, wall panel damage, overhead PSU damage, nasty carpet, etc.

As I'm sure you're well aware our Embraer aircraft are getting pretty long in the tooth. Rumor is that they're holding off on any refurbs until branding is formally announced and a fleet plan is finalized. They're not going to spruce the planes up if they're leaving the fleet. We'll see though, they don't tell us much so this isn't fact by any means, though it makes sense. Hopefully they do something soon though.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Cubsrule
Posted 2012-12-12 11:12:17 and read 4729 times.

Quoting RDH3E (Reply 32):
It absolutely is telling about the current situation of the fleets as it affect this persons current flying... I

That is a fair point. To be honest, the ratios are closer than I would have guessed without pulling the numbers.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: CO777DAL
Posted 2012-12-12 19:34:07 and read 4148 times.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 18):
I call bullocks with no service on all intra-Texas flights; IAH-ELP, especially.

You left out a very important part of my quote. I said flight **"I have been on"** I haven't flown IAH-ELP. I do about 50 IAH-DAL flights a year. IAH-AUS/SAT I stick to mainline. I have a combination of IAH/DAL/AMA/LBB/MAF/ and any with Skywest CRJ-200 or ERJ-145 no service. On the CRJ-700, the served us in First but no one else and we also now get PDB of our choice. (It was OJ or Water when the merger just happened. This is a CO improvement.)

I believe they will fix what they said. I have notice service levels have gotten much better at the new UA. Domestic First is almost back to how it was under Gordon's CO. (We have pillows/blankets back, warm nuts. Full meal with cookie, then later on a snack basket. They will get the service levels up at Express. There is a lot to do at UA. I know there is a lot of complaining about UA management on this forum and other, but after talking to several and seeing what UA is doing, they really sincerely want to improve the airline and make it better.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: Deltal1011man
Posted 2012-12-12 21:03:35 and read 4037 times.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 22):

why would they put them on the E-jets but not CR9/7? odd....

Quoting RDH3E (Reply 29):
Just so we're all on the same page, this is data info but telling:

Just a note, DL has a set in stone plan to reduce the 50 seaters. UA(as of yet) doesn't.

Topic: RE: United Express Future Plans?
Username: NASBWI
Posted 2012-12-12 22:53:06 and read 3951 times.

Quoting Catiii (Reply 28):
She walked through the aisle three times asking if anyone wanted water and pretzels. Nothing else was offered.

If that's the case, she definitely didn't seem to be the 'lazy' type (as one poster speculated). However, it is odd that she only offered water; perhaps there was a catering issue and not enough soft drinks were loaded for both legs (EWR-SAV-EWR). In a case like that, though, I would imagine she would've (or should've) addressed the issue with the customers.


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