American, Frontier, United to add larger aircraft at MEM
Monday, April 13, 2015
MEMPHIS, TN – More Memphis International Airport (MEM) passengers will be able to travel to Miami, Denver, Chicago and Houston starting in May, thanks to aircraft upgrades by American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines.
For its Miami flight, American Airlines will replace its 50-seat Embraer 145 aircraft with a 76-seat Embraer 175 in June, which represents an increase in capacity by 26 seats per flight. These new aircrafts will also be deployed for some of American’s flights to Chicago O’Hare along with its current mix of smaller planes. Frontier is also upgrading to a larger aircraft in June for its Denver flights, moving from a 138-seat aircraft to a 168-seat plane. United Airlines will upgrade to 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 jets on flights to Denver starting in May, a change from the current 50-seat regional jets adding 20 seats per flight. United will also utilize this new aircraft for some of its Houston flights.
The larger aircraft, coupled with some added frequencies to these destinations, will add an average of about four flights or 407 seats a day for Memphis passengers.
“While these changes do not reflect an increase in the number of destinations, they do increase the number seats and flight frequencies to these destinations,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA). “This is a positive reflection on the Memphis market; because it shows that the airlines see enough demand to increase supply.”