United to have 18 shuttle flights from Newark to Reagan National, starting Sunday

File photo Newark Liberty International Airport will see more United Airlines flights next summer.

United Airlines announced Tuesday that it is launching new, nearly hourly shuttle service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, seven days a week, beginning Sunday — and they will be on United’s CRJ-550, the airline’s new business luxury option for regional flying.

Free food, free Wi-Fi and guaranteed space for your bag are just part of the amenities on the CRJ-550, the airline said.

United officials said the CRJ-550 — the world’s first 50-seat regional jet with first-class seats — was originally designed to seat 70-plus passengers. United’s CRJ-550 configuration maximizes customer comfort features, such as:

  • 10 seats in United First, 20 seats in Economy Plus and 20 economy seats;
  • Space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board;
  • A self-serve refreshment center for United First customers, featuring a wide assortment of prepackaged snacks and beverages;
  • More overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by a U.S. airline;
  • The ability to stay connected while in flight with United Wi-Fi;
  • Complimentary personal device entertainment service, which enables passengers to view hundreds of movies and television shows in flight.

The shuttle service between Newark and Reagan will operate seven days a week, with 18 flights offering nearly hourly service between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday-Friday. In addition to on the hour, there are flights at 9:30 a.m., 11:30, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 going down and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 and 6:30 coming back.