ON A PATH TO GROWTH WITH GOJET
The world of aviation is undergoing unprecedented change. But with change comes opportunity. No regional airline illustrates the benefits of embracing change like GoJet Airlines, which has reinvented itself through its association with United Airlines and MHIRJ. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, GoJet flies to over 50 destinations in the U.S. throughout the East Coast and Midwest, proudly flying for United Express. As the current sole operator of the revolutionary CRJ550 aircraft, GoJet is at the forefront of redefining the passenger experience by offering the world’s only two-cabin 50-seat regional aircraft, specifically designed for business and leisure travelers who want true first-class seating. This new aircraft version elevates the travel experience for passengers, providing GoJet with an exciting path forward to growth in partnership with United Airlines.
Contributed by: Pierre Gagnon, Director, Business Development, Aftermarket Commercial Services
Why customers love flying the CRJ550:
- More legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft.
- Passengers can bring one roller bag onboard.
- United Wi-Fi available in-flight.
“Our customers are telling us they love flying the CRJ550 and we’re excited to continue growing our fleet and our long-standing relationship with GoJet.” Sarah Murphy, United’s Senior Vice-President of United Express.
Established in late 2004 by Trans States Holdings, GoJet initially flew United Express branded flights out of United Airlines’s Chicago O’Hare hub to replace departing United Express carrier Atlantic Coast Airlines. In 2005, GoJet took delivery of their first CRJ700 aircraft and began scheduled passenger services. When the CRJ550 concept was developed in 2018, United Airlines quickly recognized the potential of this aircraft for their regional network and gave GoJet the go-ahead for 54 aircraft. GoJet will acquire an additional 20 aircraft bringing the total fleet to 74 CRJ550 aircraft flying for United Airlines by fall of 2022.
A WHOLE NEW WAY TO GO
A first-of-its-kind, the CRJ550 is the only premium 50-seater in the regional market with first-class seating. The CRJ550 offers passengers many enhancements not available on larger regional jets flying in the marketplace today. For example, it has more overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by a U.S. airline as well as more overall legroom for premium customers than any regional aircraft in the market today, space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board, a self-serve refreshment center, and the ability to stay connected while in flight with United Wi-Fi.
This new direction in fleet strategy has been incredibly positive for GoJet and United Airlines. “Feedback from customers has been fantastic,” said Rick Leach, President and Chief Executive Officer of GoJet Airlines. “United’s decision to add more of these aircraft so quickly after the initial product launch is indicative of their long-term commitment to both the CRJ550 platform and to GoJet. We look forward to growing this exciting program with United.”
ACCOLADES FROM PASSENGERS AND PARTNERS
As a testament to its growth potential for GoJet, the CRJ550 has one of the highest passenger acceptance ratings in United Airlines’ entire fleet. “Our customers are telling us they love flying the CRJ550 and we’re excited to continue growing our fleet and our long-standing relationship with GoJet,” said Sarah Murphy, United’s Senior Vice-President of United Express. “We congratulate GoJet on the success of the CRJ550 program and we look forward to offering travelers more opportunities to experience this aircraft.”
A WIN/WIN/WIN SITUATION
With its unique market position as the only operator of CRJ550 aircraft, GoJet is coming out of the downturn stronger and equipped to grow market share. It is truly a win/win/win situation for GoJet, United Airlines and MHIRJ. Together, GoJet, United and MHIRJ are connecting passengers to their destinations via a new class of regional travel that customers value, putting all three partners on a path to growth.