The LCC will negate the need for Express on many current markets, which is simply because many Express RJs have been used to replace mainline on routes that will support a mainline jet, but not mainline fares.
United has decided it is better to lose a lot less money, or even make a little (by downgrading capacity to increase the intersection of demand at a higher price), on these routes... routes like LAX
(an ex-shuttle route) or ORD
With the LCC, Express RJs will finally be deployed to *NEW
* markets, which is what they were originally intended for. RJs are for expanding the network, just as DL
has used them out of CVG
, and turned a podunk hub into something quite impressive. As many have reported, Express RJs will be found on many new routes, including a significant amount DEN