United Airlines is pioneering an old idea whose time has returned. Taking a page from the eastern seaboard shuttles of yore that transported passengers with convenient regularity between Boston, New York and Washington, United is launching an hourly shuttle service between Washington’s Reagan National Airport and New York/Newark Liberty International Airport.
United will operate the Bombardier CRJ-550 – a two-cabin 50-seat regional aircraft — on most flights. The CRJ-550 is designed for business and leisure travelers who want true-first-class seating, Wi-Fi, more leg room and enough space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board.
With this new shuttle service, United will now offer more travel opportunities between these two cities than any other airline in the world. Tickets for the 13 daily flights between New York/Newark and Washington, D.C. are now available for purchase. Service starts on March 29.
“Our customers who regularly travel between Washington, D.C. and New York – one of the busiest routes in the country – have told us they value convenient flights and a comfortable ride above all else,” said Sarah Murphy, United’s senior vice president of United Express. “With our new shuttle service aboard the one-of-a-kind CRJ-550, United Airlines is the only carrier to deliver both.”
The CRJ-550 is a first-of-its-kind jet boasting a wide variety of premium amenities, including:
• 10 seats in United First, 20 seats in Economy Plus, and 20 Economy seats
• Space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board
• A self-serve refreshment center for United First customers featuring a wide assortment of snacks and beverages
• More overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by a U.S. airline
• The ability to stay connected while in flight with United Wi-Fi