A review of the North American summer airline
schedule continues to showcase the mission versatility of Embraer E-Jets. In addition to the now routine deployment of
the aircraft on nonstop sectors in excess of four hours flying time, several carriers
are achieving high daily utilization on the iconic New York-Washington-Boston triangle.
Ever since Eastern
Airlines started flying B727s on those routes with its famous shuttle schedule,
the corridor has attracted a host of airlines in their quest for high-fare
paying business travelers who value time, reliability and convenience above all
else. While Pan Am, New York Air and the Trump Shuttle have long since
disappeared from the three routes, Delta Air Lines and US Airways have
demonstrated staying power despite the volatility of the industry and
competition from Amtrak’s Acela.
The core elements of the
LGA-BOS-DCA shuttle philosophy have not changed but the aircraft have. The B727s and DC9s have been replaced with
A319s & A320s and, it may surprise you, with Embraer E-Jets on many of the
sectors. Fifty-six times every business
day, like clockwork, Delta’s E170s & E175s fly between LGA and DCA and
between LGA and BOS. US Airways Shuttle
schedules E190s 30 times per day between La Guardia and Boston.
Each airline offers First
Class seating in a two-by-one arrangement on its Shuttle aircraft – 12 seats on
Delta’s E175 and 11 on US Airways’ E190. The absence of a middle seat in the
main cabin is a welcome E-Jet feature by passengers who appreciate the extra
space and by airlines that can expedite boarding and deplaning.
Fast turn time is
essential to keeping shuttle operations on schedule. E-Jets are designed to
be turned in as little as 15 minutes.