UA probably want some minor changes that make sense and doesn't harm pilots.
Allowing the 76 seat 175 E2, which would bring a quieter, more efficient aircraft into the fleet w/o changing numbers of total E175s.
And how about some minor relief to allow more than 70 additional 76 seaters if the 220 or E195 come on the scene. With current scope, UA would be forced to cap the E195 or 220 fleet when the 70 RJs cap is met.
That's why its called negotiations and common sense stuff should be a no brainer that grows UA and its pilot jobs.
UA scope is the same as Delta’s; Delta just chose to operate a 100-seat product (and two of them, at that.) It takes 88 jets to “unlock” the scope, but neither company is restricted if they wish to operate more (and Delta currently does).
UA won't commit to a 100-seater until it reaches a new agreement with the pilots, and the scope clause in that contract will dictate what UA does in that regard. I don't see UAL ALPA giving an inch on scope, but I wonder if we could see a substitute provision more carefully designed and oriented to United's situation, not a carbon copy of Delta's C2012. Delta's 2012 scope clause was tied to the pending AirTran 717 deal, to the number, which is not relevant to United in 2019/2020.
That's why the 2-3 year upgauge horizon mentioned by Nocella makes sense. The 50-seaters are essentially placeholders, allowing UA to create the business-oriented schedules and connectivity it needed following years of domestic cuts. The CPAs with Air Wisconsin and CommutAir are relatively short-term, and while renewable, allow a relatively quick draw-down of CRJ/ERJ flying at the company's discretion. The long-term plan seems to be reconfigured 50-seat CR7s (CR5), E-175s (including scope-compliant 70-seaters), and a forthcoming large RJ at mainline, which will allow UA to upgauge in key markets of ORD/EWR/SFO (capacity-constrained) and DEN/IAD/IAH (growth-oriented). LAX will likely be status quo until T9 is built.
Does this mean that November (or October, if someone is taking pictures in Everett) is when we'll see our first widebody in the new livery?
Probably, unless one of the in-service fleet goes into paint this month. I don't know the schedule, but it seems like we'll at least see more 737s, along with our first Airbus and 757, in the new livery by the end of September.