United Airlines announced Monday that is is adding 30 Embraer 175 regional jets to the United Express fleet.
Brazil-based Embraer is the world’s third-largest commercial airplane manufacturer. The Chicago-based airline currently has 324 Embraer aircraft in its Express fleet.
The Embraer 175 will be United’s largest regional jet with a 76-seat configuration. Embraer predicts it will make its first delivery to United in the first quarter of 2014 with the complete order being delivered by the end of 2015.
“At United, we are focused on modernizing our fleet,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer, in a news release. “With a large first class cabin, wider fuselage, and larger overhead bins, this aircraft brings an improved regional flying experience to our customers.”
Continental Airlines carried over the relationship with Embraer during the 2010 United-Continental merger.
“With this order for the new enhanced E175 jet, we are delighted to reinforce and extend our long-standing partnership with United Airlines, which was the ERJ 145 launch customer back in 1996, known at that time as Continental Airlines,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation, in a news release.
According to Embraer, Monday’s agreement with United included options for an additional 40 aircraft of the same model. The total estimated value — if the additional 40 are purchased — is $2.9 billion.