Chicago-based United Airlines has selected GoJet, a regional airline operating as United Express and Delta Connection, to fly Bombardier’s new aircraft, the CRJ550. The companies have executed a letter of agreement to operate the aircraft for 10 years. GoJet is headquartered in St. Louis and has a crew base in Romulus.
GoJet offers flights from the McNamara Terminal and the North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus.
“We are proud to be the provider chosen to fly this newly launched premium product for United Airlines,” says Richard Leach, president and CEO of GoJet Airlines. “Being part of a new product launch is very exciting for us and solidifies our importance as a strategic service provider in the regional airline marketplace, while providing long-term stability and growth for our company and our employees.”
The CRJ550 is a new aircraft type within Bombardier’s CRJ family of equipment and offers 50 seats. There will be 10 more first-class seats and 20 more economy-plus seats than many regional jets.
A beverage and snack station will be available in the first-class cabin, as well as increased on-board bag storage space. The cabin is also larger, providing more legroom than any 50-seat jet in the U.S. Wi-Fi will be available as well.
The agreement is subject to final terms and conditions and will go into effect with the introduction of the first CRJ550, with planned entry into service by the summer of 2019. The companies hope to have 25 in service by the end of the year and all 50 in service by summer 2020.
GoJet Airlines serves more than 5 million passengers each year, with more than 250 daily flights providing service to more than 80 destinations. Other crew bases include Chicago, Denver, Raleigh-Durham, and St. Louis.
Montreal-based Bombardier announced the launch of the CRJ550 earlier this month.