Any Embraer 170/175 aircraft will be operated in mainline colors by Mid Atlantic Airways (MDA) as a division of mainline.
The addition of regional jets will lead to some growth, while very small initially, it is a longer term overall project.
First of all, replacing the props on a one for one basis will allow more trips to be flown by each aircraft daily as the RJ
is, of course, a faster aircraft. This will allow the larger aircraft to get off some shorter hops such as CLT
, and fly longer legs, including more west of the Mississippi and more Carribean flying. The longer legs flown by the 120 seat class aircraft will further go towards lowering the company's CASM. Also, assuming UA
survives, more passengers will be flying with feed going to and from UA
hubs, bolstering flights in US territories with UA
passengers, and also requiring more service to UA
Finally, as for the credit rating, US is kind of in the catbird seat. First off, they are backed by RSA, which in itself is worth $28 billion, so they are really pretty strong financially. Bronner at RSA has said he will make sure US survives the war. As for manufacturers and lessors, everyone is hammering them right now. UA
are also bankrupt, AA
has just announced deferring lease and debt payments (gee, did UA
and US not do that before filing as well?), and orders have been canceled en masse in the last 18 months. They have to get orders from somewhere, and right now, US is probably the only one looking to buy.