Want to spend a really, really, really long time in an Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet? United Airlines might just have an excellent offer for you coming up later this year. The carrier appears to be introducing non-stop service between their hub in Houston and Williston, North Dakota. That’s a 1330 mile trip which blocks at 3:38 on the timetable northbound and 3:36 southbound. And they’ll be operating it on an E45.
By comparison, EWR-OKC is 1325 miles, a smidgen shorter than the new service, though the westbound version of that flight blocks in at 3:41 most days. And United has up-gaged the EWR-OKC route to an E70 some days, though many of the flights are still on a E45.
Also coming later this year is service between Houston and Bradley International Airport near Hartford, CT. That’s going to launch on 13 October and operate with an Embraer ERJ-175, a much more comfortable ride than the E45 “little brother” flying the slightly shorter route to North Dakota.
With both of these routes added Houston will have non-stop service to more than 40 states. So they’ve that going for them. Which is nice.
h/t teh Otter for pointing out the possibility that this was happening.
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Nice post. Those routes wouldn’t be so bad in a converted regional jet with a big couch and unlimited liquor but….sounds painful in normal configuration.
They could at least hand out pins or luggage tags as a reward 🙂
Not AS long, but equally painful are the several flights per day from MSP to IAH in the Embraer 145. The reason I decided to add ORD to my recent routing to LIM (MSP – ORD – IAH – LIM)…. E145 for 2.5 hours.. not thank you.
I live in Houston. Not surprised. United has been screwing us with tiny jets since the merger.
I may be going to Montreal for work later this year, and couldn’t believe the one direct flight from IAH was 4 hours and 5 minutes – on an ERJ 170. Coming back, on the same jet, it’s 4 hours and 25 minutes. Grand total: 3,180 miles on an ERJ.
I’ll pass. I’d rather connect and fly decent sized jets on two legs.
Mind-blowing that one of the largest cities in the country and one of the largest economies in the world gets stuck with tiny jets.
The E70/E75 is a completely different beast than the E45. Like night and day.
Also, someone pointed out to me that IAH-ACY is even longer at 1345.
Was just going to post that. ACY-IAH takes the cake, I believe. 1345 miles and blocked at 3:49 westbound in an E135/45. Crazy.
Thanks for the info; guess I don’t know much about ERJ’s.
ACY-IAH is a very new route – when I ran the numbers last summer, EWR-OKC was UA’s longest E45 route.
That said, I’d still take an E45 over a CR2 – thanks to seat 12A, which is pretty manageable for up to 2 hours.
The E75 BDL-IAH option is pretty awesome, especially when we’re stuck with mostly RJ to EWR and IAD and some RJ/mainline to ORD.
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