United Airlines to add larger aircraft at MEM in September
Thursday, August 6, 2015
MEMPHIS, TN – For the first time in 14 years, United Airlines will add mainline aircraft to its fleet at Memphis International Airport (MEM), a change that will allow more passengers to travel on United’s flights to Denver and Chicago.
United will upgrade from 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 jets to 128-seat Airbus 319 jets for its flights to Chicago starting September 24 and to Denver starting September 25. The changes will mean an addition of more than 50 seats a day to each destination.
The changes equate to a 46% increase of seats year-over-year in the MEM market for United.
“We are delighted that more passengers will be able to take advantage of these United flights,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA). “Part of our relentless pursuit and frequent and affordable air service involves service growth from our existing carriers. It’s exciting that United sees continued opportunity at MEM.”
Pace Cooper, Chairman of the MSCAA Board of Directors, said “We applaud United’s confidence in our airport and its commitment to passenger service. I hope United’s growth will be an example to other airlines showing the potential we offer for more profitable service routes.”