Trip Report: United Airlines (E175) Economy Plus IAD-IND

The Details

  • Flight: UA3472
  • Aircraft: E175
  • Class: Economy Plus
  • Seat: 8D
  • Route: Washington Dulles (IAD)-Indianapolis (IND)
  • Distance: 495miles
  • Duration: 1hr 14min
  • Departure: 10:29PM
  • Arrival: 11:43PM

I arrived in Dulles at 4:20PM on my Air France flight which left me with over six hours until my flight home to Indianapolis was scheduled to depart. Since this was booked on a separate ticket, I intentionally scheduled a very long layover to ensure no complications.

It took just five minutes for me to get through Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) thanks to Global Entry. I quickly cleared security again thanks to TSA PreCheck. Within 30 minutes of landing, I was already back airside heading towards the United Club.

The United Club in the C Concourse was located a floor below the main terminal level. There was no natural light within the lounge but it was really well-lit. The main seating area featured a few sofas and dining tables. In the back was a bar area with a variety of complimentary alcoholic beverages.

There was also an area with high tables, stools, and more sofas.

In the corner of the lounge was a business area with individual desks.

Food options included chips with salsa, cookies, rice crispies, and fruit. There was also a salad bar, cheese cubes, and various cold sandwiches.

Hot options included meatballs with sub rolls. There was also a variety of crackers.

Drink choices included a Coke Mix machine, flavored water, and a coffee machine

After spending a few hours in the United Club business area working, I headed to the gate with 20 minutes until boarding was scheduled to begin. It began promptly at 9:51PM.

Our aircraft was an E175, registration N746YX, that was delivered brand new to Republic Airways in 2017. She was operated by Republic Airways on behalf of United Express.

The Flight

United Airlines offers a total of 12 domestic first and 64 economy seats on board their E175 operated by Republic Airways. Of the 64 economy seats, 16 were marked as EconomyPlus. The economy cabin was arranged in a 2-2 configuration.

I was seated in 8D in the second EconomyPlus row. Each seat was 18 inches wide and had 34 inches of pitch. Recline was advertised at three inches.

I found the EconomyPlus seats very comfortable. The seat was well padded with an ample amount of shoulder room.

The seatback featured a basic tray table, a literature pocket, and a small pouch. Unfortunately, there was no in-seat power in the economy cabin.

We pushed back at 10:13PM but had a fairly long taxi to the runway. After waiting for three aircraft ahead of us to take off, it was our turn at 10:29PM.

The moment we reached cruising altitude I promptly fell asleep given the long travel day I had had. There was a drink and snack service that flight attendants offered but I missed it. I woke up as we were on our final approach to IND.

We landed at 11:43PM and then arrived at the gate five minutes later. Thanks for the ride!

I found this regional United Express flight perfect for its comfort and length. I really enjoy the wider seats on the E175s compared to mainline aircraft which are in a 3-3 configuration rather than a 2-2 configuration. The extra legroom for EconomyPlus was definitely appreciated and allowed me to comfortably nap the entire flight.

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