jetblastdubai wrote:Has there been any indication on markets UA intends to focus this model on so as to offer a consistent level of service in some dedicated markets or will they end up being scattered around the country at random? I would think that there are some smaller markets that tend to produce slightly more premium customers per capita than others. XNA, RST and the Colorado ski resorts come to mind.
Reportedly, ORD and EWR will get the CRJ-550 first. At EWR, UA is trying to eliminate single-cabin RJ flying as DL and AA (to a lesser extent) have mostly accomplished across the river at JFK/LGA.
DEN will keep some 70-seat CR7s on the SkyWest CPA primarily for ASE service. No need to reduce capacity there, and the CR7 is the only feasible type in the UAX stable to operate in/out of ASE until airfield improvements are carried out. I don't believe the 550 (de-rated and lower gross weights) can make the longer hauls out of ASE, like SFO/LAX/IAH/ORD.
cosyr wrote:I am really surprised by the level of detail they put into the self service area. I was convinced they would do these conversions as cheaply as possible, as they hoped to convert them back to 70 pax as soon as a new pilot agreement was signed (not saying whether that is likely, just that I thought that would be mgmt's hope). This makes me think, in addition to being a space taker, the thought might be a food option in place of the 2nd Flight Attendant. 2 FA's are technically not necessary with 50 pax, and I hadn't thought until now that UA might reduce crew accordingly. Does anyone know if this self serve bar is intended just for F? Even if Y is 'allowed' to use it, I think it will probably feel off limits for most, like a forward lav on a mainline plane.
There will only be 1 FA on the CRJ-550... the thinking is that the self-service bar more or less replaces the FC flight attendant, who after the drink/snack pass up front will presumably be in the aisle with a cart doing the Y service. The reduction of 1 FA is part of fixed cost savings of the 550.