United Airlines (Chicago) today announced the airline will inaugurate service at Atlantic City International Airport, offering customers daily nonstop flights to United’s hubs at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning on April 1, 2014..
From Houston, United’s flight to Atlantic City will depart at 7 p.m. (1900) daily, arriving at 11:20 p.m. (2320). The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 6 a.m. (0600) and arrive in Houston at 8:49 a.m. (0849).
United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) will operate the Atlantic City flights with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. ExpressJet Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N12136 (msn 145719) arrives at the Chicago O’Hare hub.
SkyWest, Inc. (St. George, Utah) today reported net income of $26.4 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to net income of $20.9 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the same period last year.
SkyWest also reported net income of $50.3 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to $37.2 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, for the same period last year.
SkyWest experienced improved financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. SkyWest generated increased operating revenues (after giving effect to reduced fuel, certain engine overhaul and landing fee pass through amounts) primarily due to additional block hour production from increased aircraft utilization, larger fleet size and rate escalations in SkyWest contracts with its major airline partners. Following are selected highlights from SkyWest’s quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2012:
- Increased pretax income 34.8% to $44.4 million, compared to $32.9 million
- Increased fully-diluted EPS 25.0% to $0.50, compared to $0.40
- Increased block hour production 2.8% to 613,821 block hours, compared to 596,901 block hours
- Increased operating revenues by approximately $32.9 million (net of fuel, certain engine overhaul and landing fee pass through revenues), primarily related to rate escalations under SkyWest’s agreements with its major partners and increased block hour production
- Made cash payments of $22.9 million consisting of $11.5 million for the repurchase of 800,000 shares of treasury stock and $11.4 million for deposits on new aircraft
- Increased total aircraft fleet to 756 aircraft as of September 30, 2013, compared to 739 aircraft as of September 30, 2012
Commenting on the results, Jerry C. Atkin, SkyWest’s Chairman and CEO, said “We are pleased with the improved financial performance for the current quarter. However, in spite of current challenges we remain committed to further improvement in meeting our current and long-term operational and financial objectives.”
Financial and Operating Results
Operating revenues totaled $850.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to $865.3 million for the same period last year or a decrease of $14.6 million. The decrease was due primarily to the reduction of approximately $47.5 million in fuel, certain engine overhaul amounts and landing fees which were directly reimbursed by SkyWest’s major partners and recorded as operating revenues. However, this reduction was mostly offset by recording approximately $32.9 million in additional operating revenues, primarily resulting from rate escalations under SkyWest’s agreements with its major partners and a 2.8% increase in total block hours for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2012.
Total airline expenses (consisting of total operating and interest expenses) decreased $18.2 million, or 2.2%, during the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. However, after excluding pass-through costs for fuel, certain engine overhaul expenses and landing fees, total airline expenses increased $29.3 million.
Under certain of its agreements with its major partners, SkyWest recognizes revenue at fixed hourly rates for mature engine maintenance on regional jet engines and SkyWest recognizes engine maintenance expense on its CRJ200 regional jet engines on an as-incurred basis as maintenance expense. During the quarter ended September 30, 2013, CRJ200 engine expense under these agreements decreased $4.0 million to $9.1 million, compared to $13.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, primarily as a result of decreased engine overhaul expense due to the timing of scheduled engine maintenance events. SkyWest was reimbursed approximately $12.8 million and $10.4 million for engine overhaul expense, under its agreements with its major partners, during the quarters ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
At September 30, 2013, SkyWest had $727.8 million in cash and marketable securities, compared to $709.4 million as of December 31, 2012. The increase in cash and marketable securities of $18.4 million was primarily the result of increased profitability. Cash and marketable securities increased $62.2 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2013 compared to a balance of $665.6 as of June 30, 2013. SkyWest’s long-term debt was $1.35 billion as of September 30, 2013, compared to $1.47 billion as of December 31, 2012. The decrease in long-term debt for the nine-months ended September 30, 2013 was due primarily to SkyWest’s payment of normal recurring debt obligations. SkyWest has significant long-term lease obligations that are recorded as operating leases and are not reflected as liabilities on SkyWest’s consolidated balance sheets. At a 4.7% discount rate, the present value of these lease obligations was approximately $1.6 billion as of September 30, 2013.
Recent Business Developments
On August 2, 2012, SkyWest announced the award of 34 additional dual-class aircraft and the removal of 66 CRJ200 aircraft under its Delta Connection Agreements with Delta Airlines, Inc. As of May 2013, all 34 of these additional dual-class aircraft had been delivered. As of September 30, 2013 SkyWest had removed 30 (22 placed in contract with another partner; other 8 removed from fleet) of the 66 CRJ200 aircraft from service and currently anticipates removing another 18 CRJ200 aircraft between October 2013 and December 2013. SkyWest believes the remaining 18 CRJ200 aircraft will be removed at various times through 2014 and early 2015. Additionally, 41 of the 66 aircraft have been financed by Delta and will be returned to Delta with no further obligation by SkyWest.
On May 21, 2013, SkyWest announced it had entered into a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines, Inc. to operate 40 new Embraer ERJ 175 dual-class regional jet aircraft. The CPA is for 12 years and the new aircraft will be operated by SkyWest’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SkyWest Airlines, Inc. (United Express). Deliveries for these aircraft are scheduled to begin in March 2014 and continue through August 2015.
Additionally, on May 21, 2013 SkyWest announced it reached an agreement with Embraer S.A. for the purchase of 100 new ERJ 175 dual-class regional jet aircraft, 40 of which are considered firm orders and the remaining 60 aircraft remain conditional upon SkyWest entering into capacity purchase agreements with other major airlines. SkyWest intends to place the 40 new aircraft into service under the terms of the United CPA discussed above.
On June 17, 2013, SkyWest and Embraer jointly announced an aircraft purchase agreement covering 100 E175-E2 dual-class regional jet aircraft and an option to purchase an additional 100 of the same aircraft. Deliveries for these E2 aircraft are tentatively planned to start in 2020.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N752SK (msn 10209) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles.
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United Airlines (Chicago) will add flights to popular U.S. ski destinations for the upcoming winter and spring ski season, with three new routes and increased service on several existing routes.
On December 12, 2013, United will launch nonstop service from its San Francisco hub to Sun Valley, Idaho, with daily flights offered through March 30, 2014.
United will also begin nonstop service from its Chicago O’Hare hub to Gunnison/Crested Butte and Steamboat Springs/Hayden, Colorado. The Gunnison/Crested Butte flights will begin on December 21, 2013, and the Steamboat Springs/Hayden flights will begin on February 15, 2014. The Gunnison/Crested Butte and Steamboat Springs/Hayden flights will operate through March 29, 2014.
Additional Service on Existing Markets
United will also add flights to existing ski market routes from several of its hubs:
- Denver to Kalispell/Whitefish, Montana.
- Houston to Aspen, Colorado.
- Houston, Los Angeles and Newark to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
- Los Angeles to Steamboat Springs/Hayden, Colorado.
- Newark to Bozeman, Montana.
United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines (United Express) (St. George, UT) will operate the new routes, using Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet aircraft with United First, United Economy Plus and United Economy seating.
SkyWest’s CRJ700 aircraft are among the first being outfitted with United’s new signature seat design that is focused on customer comfort and environmental responsibility.
The multi-tonal leather seats on the CRJ700 aircraft will have more ergonomic and supportive cushioning and additional seat-back storage space in United Economy Plus and United Economy. New technology makes the seats more environmentally friendly by reducing seat weight and volume, contributing to less fuel burn. United will also outfit other aircraft types with the multi-tonal leather interiors and similar cushioning and seat-back storage.
Winter Ski Destinations from All U.S. Hubs
From the Denver hub alone, United offers nonstop flights to 13 ski resorts for the winter ski season. Additionally, the new flights further expand United’s broad range of winter-season service from all of its U.S. hubs to ski destinations across North America, including:
- Aspen: from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco
- Bozeman: from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco
- Burlington, Vt.: from Chicago, Cleveland, New York/Newark and Washington
- Durango, Colo.: from Denver
- Eagle/Vail, Colo.: from Denver, Houston and New York/Newark
- Gunnison/Crested Butte: from Chicago, Denver and Houston
- Hayden/Steamboat Springs: from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York/Newark
- Jackson Hole: from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco
- Kalispell/Whitefish: from Denver
- Kelowna, British Columbia: from Los Angeles
- Mammoth Lakes, Calif.: from Orange County and San Francisco
- Montrose/Telluride, Colo.: from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York/Newark
- Reno/Tahoe, Nev.: from Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
- Salt Lake City: from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
- Santa Fe/Taos, N.M.: from Denver
- Sun Valley: from San Francisco
- Vancouver, British Columbia: from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N706SK (msn 10149) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
Silver Airways (United Express) (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville, FL) and United Airlines (Chicago) have announced that they have reached agreement reaffirming the code-share relationship between the two carriers on service throughout Florida and the Bahamas. In addition, Silver Airways will continue to operate as an United Express carrier in their shared Mid-Atlantic hubs in Cleveland and Washington, DC (Dulles).
News of the renewed relationship follows a June 2013 release from Silver Airways announcing that it had successfully migrated to a new, stand alone reservations system and website powered by Sabre.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com.
United Airlines (Chicago) on October 3 unveiled a new, signature seat design focused on customer comfort and environmental responsibility, with a sophisticated, modern look. The company will deploy the new seats on hundreds of aircraft that fly within the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.
The new design includes:
- Bold elements, such as multi-tonal leather seat covers, distinctive double-stitch patterns, sculpted contouring and a new United-branded tag
- More ergonomic and supportive cushioning and additional seat-back storage space in United Economy Plus and United Economy
- Technology that makes the seats more environmentally friendly by reducing seat weight and volume, contributing to less fuel burn
The airline is introducing the new design with a Bombardier CRJ700 operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George). United expects to deploy the new look on its domestic mainline aircraft and on regional aircraft operated by United Express carriers. Ultimately, United plans the new design to be on more than 60,000 seats on more than 500 aircraft, including, United anticipates, approximately 400 aircraft by 2015.
The airline developed the seats with global travel and transport design consultant Priestmangoode.
Copyright Photos: United Airlines. The new CRJ700 seats.
United Airlines (Chicago) is dropping the Los Angeles-Inyokern route on November 5 per Airline Route. The United Express route is operated with Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias of SkyWest Airlines (St. George, UT).
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/Airlinersgallery.com. Wearing the new identity, Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia N295SW (msn 120322) taxies at the San Francisco hub.
SkyWest Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest Inc. (St. George, Utah), has announced it will open a maintenance facility at South Bend Airport (SBN). The facility will begin operations in the coming months in an existing hangar at SBN.
Of the 40 positions created by the facility, 16 of these are expected to be local hires. Positions include parts supply control,
custodial and a facility maintenance manager. The additional positions will be FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics
South Bend will become the ninth maintenance base for the airline, in addition to facilities in Chicago (O’Hare), Colorado Springs, Fresno, Milwaukee, Nashville, Palm Springs, Salt Lake City and Tucson. SkyWest will perform routine maintenance and repairs, primarily on the Bombardier-manufactured CRJ200 aircraft, each night at the 46,000-square-foot SBN facility.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N927SW (msn 7693), operated for United Airlines as an United Express carrier, approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
Combined Route Map:
Mesa extends its contract with United Airlines to 2019 to operate 20 Bombardier CRJ700s, will also add 30 Embraer 175 aircraft
Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Mesa Airlines) (Phoenix) has announced a new agreement with United Airlines (Chicago) that extends the term of its existing fleet of 20 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet aircraft to 2019 and adds 30 new United owned Embraer 175 (ERJ 175) aircraft under the United Express contract.
Under the terms of this agreement Mesa will place the new Embraer 175 jets into service over the next two years. Mesa will hire approximately 350 pilots, 300 flight attendants, and 200 maintenance and other support personnel to support the additional aircraft.
“This is truly a great day for Mesa. We will continue to work hard to provide the best possible service to United’s customers,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa’s Chairman and CEO. “Mesa began operating under the United Express banner in 1992, and we are delighted to have this opportunity to expand our longstanding partnership. Our first codeshare agreement with United transformed our company, and I am sure this one will do the same. We are also very pleased to rejoin the Embraer family of operators and look forward to working with our many friends there as well.”
Paul Foley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said, “It has always been our goal to exceed the expectations of both our partners and customers. We believe this contract is evidence that our operational performance and industry leading cost structure have begun to pay big dividends for the company and our people. Based on data from the Department of Transportation, Mesa has been the number one performing regional airline for each of the last three years. We’d like to thank all of our people who have contributed to our success and enabled us to compete successfully for this new business.”
Mesa Airlines currently operates over 425 daily system departures to 82 cities, 32 states, Mexico and the District of Columbia, as United Express and US Airways Express under contractual agreements with United Airlines and US Airways, respectively, and independently in Hawaii as go! The airline, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 2,000 employees.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Mesa Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N515MJ (msn 10117) arrives at the Washington (Dulles) hub.
United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to launch new nonstop service from its Chicago hub at O’Hare International Airport to Elmira, New York, and State College, Pennsylvania. The airline also plans to begin new service from Chicago O’hare to Topeka, Kansas, subject to government approval. ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) will operate the United Express flights using 50-seat regional jet aircraft. The State College and Topeka flights will begin on January 7, 2014, and the Elmira service will begin on February 13, 2014.
The weekday flight schedules follow. Weekend schedules may vary. Schedules are subject to change.
|Chicago – Elmira||Elmira – Chicago|
|2:15 p.m.||5:00 p.m.||6:15 a.m.||7:18 a.m.|
|9:00 p.m.||11:45 p.m.||5:30 p.m.||6:33 p.m.|
|Chicago – State College||State College – Chicago|
|1:55 p.m.||4:33 p.m.||6:20 a.m.||7:17 a.m.|
|6:45 p.m.||9:23 p.m.||5:03 p.m.||6:00 p.m.|
|Chicago – Topeka||Topeka – Chicago|
|1:00 p.m.||2:44 p.m.||6:00 a.m.||7:36 a.m.|
|8:30 p.m.||10:14 p.m.||3:14 p.m.||4:50 p.m.|
Elmira and Topeka are both new destinations in United’s route network. The airline currently serves State College from its hub at Washington Dulles.
With these new routes, United has added service to ten new destinations from Chicago O’Hare since the beginning of 2013. Other new year-round and seasonal destinations include Mobile, Alabama; Fairbanks, Alaska; Nassau, Bahamas; Shannon, Ireland; San Jose, Costa Rica; Thunder Bay, Ontario; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
United and United Express operate nearly 570 daily flights from the O’Hare hub to more than 125 domestic and more than 30 international destinations.
Copyright Photo: ExpressJet’s Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N11194 (msn 145940) arrives at the Dulles International hub near Washington.
SkyWest, Inc. (SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines) (St. George) announced today that it has entered into a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines, Inc. (Chicago) to operate 40 new Embraer 175 (ERJ 175) dual-class regional jet aircraft. The CPA with United has a term of 12 years and SkyWest will operate under terms and conditions similar to its existing agreements with United.
SkyWest has determined that these 40 regional jet aircraft will be operated by SkyWest Airlines, Inc. (St. George), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest. Under the agreement, it is anticipated that the 40 aircraft will be introduced into service in the second quarter of 2014, with deliveries continuing to mid-2015. The aircraft will be configured with 76-seats in dual-class.
SkyWest, Inc. also announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Embraer for the purchase of 100 new Embraer 175 dual-class regional jet aircraft. Of the 100 aircraft, 40 are considered firm deliveries and the remaining 60 aircraft are considered conditional until SkyWest enters into capacity purchase agreements with other major airlines to operate the aircraft. Deliveries for the 40 firm aircraft are anticipated to begin in the second quarter of 2014 and continue through mid 2015. The aircraft will be configured in 76 seats in dual-class. The agreement also includes options for an additional 100 ERJ 175 aircraft and would be valued at $8.3 billion if all 200 aircraft are ordered. The initial 40 firm aircraft outlined above will be operated by SkyWest Airlines, Inc.
SkyWest management believes reaching this agreement brings to conclusion a thorough process that also included the negotiation of support and long-term maintenance agreements that will enable SkyWest to efficiently manage the operating costs of the new aircraft. SkyWest management also believes it has developed an industry-leading agreement that will allow SkyWest to offer competitive benefits to its major partners.
Image: United Airlines.
Video: A SkyWest pilot shows the views from the cockpit:
Current Routes operated for United Airlines by SkyWest Airlines (click on the map for full-size view):
United Airlines (Chicago) has announced an agreement to add 30 Embraer ERJ 175 regional jets to the United Express fleet. Under an agreement with Embraer, United will purchase the aircraft with deliveries in 2014 and 2015. These aircraft will be operated by a United Express partner to be announced later.
United also secured options for 40 additional aircraft.
The Embraer ERJ 175 is the first 76-seat regional jet aircraft in the United Express fleet. The aircraft will be configured with 12 United First, 16 Economy Plus and 48 United Economy seats. The design of the aircraft will result in more personal space for customers with wider seats and aisles than those on the 50-seat aircraft. The aircraft can accommodate standard carry-on bags, resulting in more convenience for customers.
As United inducts the new aircraft into the United Express fleet, the company will remove some of the older 50-seat regional jets in the fleet. The E175s will consume 10 percent less fuel per seat and will have less CO2 emissions per seat than the 50-seat aircraft they replace.
Shuttle America currently operates 38 Embraer ERJ 170s for United Airlines.
Image: United Airlines.
ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) has joined the JetBlue University Gateway Program to give pilots a career path. The following statement was released:
The highly-successful University Gateway Program, a four-way collaboration with JetBlue Airways (New York), Cape Air (Hyannis), the University of North Dakota (UND) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), has added another airline. ExpressJet Airlines, the largest regional airline in the world, will partner with Cape Air to provide a parallel path for aspiring pilots to join JetBlue. The Gateway Program has been designed to facilitate the early-entry of highly-qualified pilots from Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) programs, who have appropriate flight instructor experience, into Cape Air, where they further hone their skills. After gaining their Captain’s credentials at Cape Air, pilots can choose to interview with ExpressJet. If accepted, they will be slotted for a training class providing valuable time as pilots in command. They then will be eligible for a final interview with JetBlue after gaining their necessary hours.
There are now 140 pilots in the Gateway Program. To date, four pilots have successfully completed the necessary steps and have been hired by JetBlue, with more qualifying for a final interview every month. Cape Air expects as many as 50 pilots per year will eventually join JetBlue via the program.
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. ExpressJet’s Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N16147 (msn 145749) is pictured at the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub operating as an United Express carrier.
Routes flown for United Airlines:
SkyWest Airlines (St. George, UT) has announced new United Express service between its St. George, Utah base and the United Airlines Denver, Colorado hub beginning on June 6, 2013. SkyWest will provide once-daily Denver service utilizing its 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet (Bombardier) CRJ200s.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N927SW (msn 7693) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.
SkyWest routes operated for United Airlines:
United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to launch twice-daily nonstop service from its Denver hub to Dickinson, North Dakota, beginning on June 6, 2013. ExpressJet Airlines (United Express) (Atlanta) will operate the United Express service using 50-seat regional jet aircraft.
“These new flights underscore United’s ongoing commitment to the Denver hub and complement our existing service to other energy markets in North Dakota,” said Randle Loveland, United’s director of regional sales in Denver. “North Dakota travelers will not only have access to Denver, but also convenient connections from the hub to other destinations, including the U.S. West Coast and Gulf Coast, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The flight schedules are as follows:
|Denver – Dickinson||Dickinson – Denver|
|10:00 a.m.||11:32 a.m.||7:30 a.m.||9:00 a.m.|
|8:15 p.m.||9:47 p.m.||11:57 a.m.||1:37 p.m.|
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N12921 (msn 145354) of ExpressJet Airlines approaches Toronto (Pearson) for landing.
Route Map for the United Express operation:
United Airlines (Chicago) will restore two United Express routes from the Cleveland hub. The Cleveland-Nashville route will be restored on January 13, 2013 followed by Cleveland-Oklahoma City on February 14, 2013 per Airline Route.
In other news, United Airlines yesterday (October 1) announced that it exceeded its 80 percent on-time domestic performance goal for the month of September, and is rewarding its eligible employees with a $50 on-time bonus to recognize this performance. The airline ended the month with an 82.0 percent domestic on-time arrival rate, showing continued significant improvement from the prior months.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N15555 (msn 145594) prepares to land at Washington (Reagan National).
United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to launch daily nonstop service from its Cleveland hub at Hopkins International Airport to Nashville and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The United Express flights will be operated by ExpressJet Airlines (United Express) (Atlanta) using 50-seat regional jet aircraft, with the Nashville service beginning on December 19, 2012, and the Oklahoma City service beginning on February 14, 2013.
The weekday flight schedules are as follows:
|Cleveland – Nashville||Nashville – Cleveland|
|8:55 a.m.||9:25 a.m.||11:45 a.m.||2:10 p.m.|
|5:00 p.m.||5:40 p.m.||5:45 p.m.||8:05 p.m.|
|Cleveland – Oklahoma City||Oklahoma City – Cleveland|
|8:40 a.m.||10:30 a.m.||10:55 a.m.||2:30 p.m.|
Separately, United will also discontinue service between Cleveland and Green Bay, Wisconsin, effective December 18, 2012. United will continue to offer connecting service between Cleveland and Green Bay through Chicago (O’Hare).
In other news, United is dropping the twice-weekly Guam-Okinawa route on October 31.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N14959 (msn 145091) prepares to land at Baltimore/Washington.
SkyWest Airlines (St. George) operating for United Airlines, will operate twice-daily Denver flights to Laramie, Wyoming starting on November 4. The United Express flights will be operated by SkyWest Airlines utilizing the 30-seat Embraer-manufactured EMB-120ER Brasilia.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia N584SW (msn 120352) completes its final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.
Colgan Air (2nd) (Memphis) is now in the history file. The airline has operated its last revenue flight. As planned, Colgan Air operated its last flight, flight UA 3923, from Washington (Dulles) to Albany, NY as an United Express carrier on September 5.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N34NG (msn 4340) climbs away from the Dulles hub.
Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) as a follow-up to our previous report, will operate its new services this summer to Washington Dulles as an United Express carrier. According to AltoonaMirror.com the agreement has been finalized and was a deal breaker if not accomplished. Silver Airways will operate SAAB 340B aircraft on the routes into IAD from West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. It is still unclear if the SAABs will be operated in Silver’s colors or the United Express livery. Service is expected to start on August 1 and will replace Colgan Air.
From Dulles, Silver Airways will serve four communities in West Virginia and two in Pennsylvania as follows:
West Virginia – Beckley (BKW), Clarksburg (CKB), Lewisburg (LWB) and Morgantown (MGW)
Pennsylvania – Altoona (AOO) and Johnstown (JST)
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As of June 2012, Silver Airways currently operates a fleet of twenty-one Beechcraft 1900D and five SAAB 340B/Plus aircraft. Five of the twenty-one B1900D aircraft have been removed from service and replaced with the five SAAB 340B/Plus models. The remaining sixteen 1900D aircraft are in service.
Silver Airways currently serves four principal markets:
Florida intrastate routes, Florida routes to and from the Bahamas, Cleveland EAS routes, and Montana EAS routes. The Florida intrastate routes include Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Key West, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Pensacola. The Florida routes to and from the Bahamas serve Bimini, Freeport, Treasure Cay, Marsh Harbour, Eleuthera, Governor’s Harbour, and George Town.
The Cleveland EAS routes serve Cleveland, Parkersburg, Lewisburg, Dubois, Franklin, Bradford, and Jamestown.
The Montana EAS routes serve Billings, Helena, Lewiston, Havre, Glasgow, Wolf Point, Sidney, Glendive, and Miles City.
During its second year, Silver Airways anticipates operations changes to its fleet, routes, maintenance, and infrastructure and bench strength. The Company expects continued replacement of the 1900D aircraft with the SAAB 340B/Plus aircraft. By the end of its second year, the Company will have replaced all of the 1900D models in its Florida and Bahamas markets, leaving four 1900D aircraft in its Cleveland market and four in its Montana market.
As stated above, on August 1, 2012, the Company will begin EAS routes out of Washington Dulles Airport operating to Altoona, Johnstown, Morgantown, Clarksburg, Shenandoah Valley, Beckley, and Lewisburg using three Saab 340B/Plus aircraft.
On October 1, 2012 the Company will begin EAS routes out of Atlanta operating to Hattiesburg, Meridian, Gainesville, Greenville, Tupelo, Muscle Shoals, and Lewisburg using three SAAB 340B/Plus aircraft. The Company may add additional routes as opportunities arise. The Company will continue to grow its in-house maintenance capabilities in Gainesville and will be adding the SAAB 340B/Plus heavy check program.
On the financial side, for the 12 months ending on April 30, 2012, the Company reported a net loss of $12.3 million on revenues of $88.9 million.
However the Company only had $3.6 million of unrestricted cash on hand at the end of the period.
Can it handle all of this expansion?
Colgan Air (2nd) (Memphis) is planning to cut 95 jobs at Houston (Bush Intercontinental) according to this report by CBS News and the Associated Press as the company phases out flying as an United Express carrier. Colgan is expected to end UA operations around August 1.
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Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.
United Airlines (Chicago) has denied local media reports that it intends to downsize the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) hub. The reports started when the airline announced it was discontinuing the local Cleveland-Cincinnati route on August 1, 2012. This feeder route is operated by United Express carrier CommutAir (Burlington) (top and bottom).
In fact, United is adding flights at CLE (still not back to the pre-merger numbers). According to the Plain Dealer (Cleveland.com), UA is adding daily flights to Boston, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington (Dulles), Portland (Maine), San Francisco, St. Louis and three more daily flights to Chicago (O’Hare).
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United is also adding 17 weekly flights at Cincinnati.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.
CommutAir Route Map (adding Washington Dulles in July 2012):
United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to launch daily nonstop service linking its Denver hub with two new markets: Shreveport, Louisiana, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. In addition, United will expand existing summer-season flights between Denver and Anchorage to year-round service.
This new announcement comes one week after United announced daily, nonstop service between Denver and its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport, starting in the spring of 2013.
Shreveport: Once-daily, nonstop service between Denver and Shreveport starts on August 28. United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) will operate the flight with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets (above). Shreveport Regional Airport serves north Louisiana, east Texas and southwest Arkansas.
Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.
Grand Forks: Twice-daily, nonstop service between Denver and Grand Forks International Airport begins on October 3. United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George) will operate the flights with 50-seat Canadair CRJ200 regional jets.
Middle Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.
Anchorage: United’s seasonal service between Denver and Anchorage, launched on May 1 with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, will operate year-round.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck.
Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Mesa Airlines) (Phoenix), the number one on-time regional airline in 2010 and 2011, announces its number one rank among US regional airlines for on-time arrivals in March 2012, as reported by US Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics in the Air Travel Consumer Report, the industry recognized measure of performance. Mesa’s operational performance has ranked it as the number one On-time Regional Airline every month since April 2010, and the latest award reinforces Mesa’s continued commitment to serve our Code Share Partners and passengers with safe, reliable on-time air transportation. In addition to continuing its status as the number one on-time regional airline, Mesa was ranked first among regional carriers with the fewest mishandled bags and was ranked first among all airlines for having the fewest complaints per 100,000 passengers carried.
The airline’s accomplishment is especially impressive given the airline’s footprint of service in 34 states nationwide, including significant service at four of the nation’s five busiest airports. Mesa Airlines operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as go!, a Low Fare airline which is about to enter its 6th year of offering low fares to visitors and residents of Hawai’i as the second largest inter-island airline based on passengers carried.
With these announcements about its on-time performance, Mesa is building its case for reliability.
Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.
United Express-Mesa Slide Show: CLICK HERE
US Airways-Mesa Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Indianapolis) has announced that its Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis) subsidiary has reached a tentative agreement to operate 32 Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft under the United Express brand. The Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) is expected to become effective in the third quarter of 2012 and continue for approximately eight (8) years. The tentative agreement includes 28 aircraft currently in operation at Colgan Air (2nd) (Memphis) and four aircraft currently operated by Republic in its brand division. This effectively ends the former Lynx Aviation (Denver) operation (see below) for Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver). Republic Airlines took over the Lynx Aviation operation on March 19, 2011. Will the four Q400s now be operated in Denver for United?
The agreement with Republic is contingent on completing negotiations and reaching binding agreements with aircraft lessors and maintenance providers, which is expected to occur during the second quarter of 2012.
Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Colgan Air is getting out of the airline business and will no longer operate its 28 Q400s for United. The SAAB 340Bs are also being phased out. Luckily for Republic, the aircraft are already painted.
United Express-Colgan Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Frontier-Lynx Aviation Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Bottom Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. This announcement also ends the former Lynx Aviation operation (now operated as Republic Airlines 2nd) which currently operates the four Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s) for Frontier Airlines from the Denver hub to the close-in cities of Aspen, Colorado Springs and Durango.
Pinacle Airlines Corporation (Memphis), currently reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, is planning to shed around 450 pilot positions over the next 18 months. The group intends to also shed 97 Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400), SAAB 340B and Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft as it adjusts its contracts. Colgan Air will also be closed down by November 2012. The United Express and US Airways Express operations will also be terminated under the current reorganization proposals.
Read the full report from Memphis Business Journal: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. The current Colgan Air operates for United Express and US Airways Express
United Express-Colgan Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Pinnacle Airlines Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, will phase out Colgan’s SAAB 340Bs and Q400s
Pinnacle Airlines Corporation (Memphis) yesterday (April 1-not an April Fool’s Day joke) announced that the Company and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”). Pinnacle intends to use the Chapter 11 process to continue implementing a comprehensive turnaround plan aimed at addressing its operational and financial challenges in a rapidly evolving regional airline industry.
According to the company, “During this process, the company will remain focused on providing passengers with safe, reliable and timely service in collaboration with its network partners, Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express.”
Pinnacle expects to accomplish several key initiatives during the restructuring process to help ensure that it returns to profitability and remains viable over the long term as the regional airline industry continues to contract and transform. These initiatives include restructuring its key operating agreements with Delta Air Lines, winding down its operations with United Airlines, completing the wind-down of its Essential Air Service (EAS) flying with US Airways, achieving cost savings from its workforce, identifying additional opportunities across the organization to reduce costs, and ensuring that it has the appropriate fleet, staffing levels and network to operate profitably on an ongoing basis.
Sean Menke (formerly the CEO of Frontier Airlines), President and CEO of Pinnacle, said, “We intend to use the Chapter 11 process to reset our financial and operational structure in order to position Pinnacle for viability over the long term. Quite simply, our current business model is not sustainable, as increasing operating expenses, liquidity constraints, business integration delays and difficulties associated with combining our operations have hindered our ability to maximize our growth potential. Following a lengthy review process, and with the assistance of independent financial, industry and legal advisors, our Board of Directors determined that a court-supervised restructuring is the only feasible course of action to implement our turnaround plan.”
Menke continued, “We are committed to delivering safe, reliable travel throughout this process, and thank all of our employees for their continued focus on providing our mainline partners and their customers with on-time flights and superior in-flight service. Our objective is to emerge from this process as a stronger, more focused company, with a revised business model, a substantially improved cost structure and operating agreements that will position us for profitable growth in the future.”
In conjunction with the filing, Pinnacle has received a commitment for secured super-priority debtor-in-possession financing (“DIP Financing”) from Delta Air Lines, Inc. in the amount of $74.3 million. Following Court approval, $44.3 million will be used by Pinnacle to repay a secured promissory note held by Delta. The remaining $30 million in DIP financing, combined with cash generated by Pinnacle’s ongoing operations, will be available to help ensure that Pinnacle has sufficient liquidity to meet its operational and restructuring needs.
Pinnacle has filed a series of customary motions with the Court seeking to ensure the continuation of normal operations, including requesting Court approval to continue to pay employee wages, salaries and benefits without interruption and to pay suppliers for fuel and other goods and services provided after the filing date.
Pinnacle noted that it previously filed withdrawal notices with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for all of the Essential Air Service (EAS) markets currently served by Colgan Air, a Pinnacle subsidiary. Pinnacle has asked the DOT to establish an accelerated process to identify replacement carriers for the EAS markets it serves, which are currently served by SAAB 340B aircraft.
The remaining SAAB 340B fleet that Colgan operates for United Express will be wound down over the next several months, with these operations projected to end by August 1, 2012. Similarly, Colgan’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft operations will be wound down by November 30, 2012 (see below).
Pinnacle Airlines Corporation is the parent company of Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. and Colgan Air, Inc. Flying as Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express, Pinnacle Airlines Corporation operating subsidiaries operate 199 regional jets and 62 turboprops on more than 1,540 daily flights to 188 cities and towns in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Belize.
Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.
Delta Connection-Pinnacle Slide Show: CLICK HERE
United Express-Colgan Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Middle Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.
Bottom Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.
Mesa Airlines (Mesa Air Group) (Phoenix) which won the number one on-time regional airline award in 2010 and 2011, obtained the number one rank among U.S. regional airlines for on-time arrivals in January 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report, the industry recognized measure of performance. In addition to being ranked first among regional airlines for on-time arrivals, Mesa was ranked first among regional airlines for fewest mishandled bags and first among all air carriers for fewest complaints per 100,000 passengers – the “Triple Crown” of operational performance. This recognition and the company’s strong operational performance reflect Mesa’s continued commitment to its Code Share Partners and Passengers.
Mesa Airlines currently operates 77 aircraft with over 395 daily system departures to 87 cities, 33 states, Mexico and the District of Columbia. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as go!. In June 2006, Mesa launched inter-island Hawai’i service as go! and in October 2009 formed a joint-venture with Mokulele Airlines. The go! Mokulele operation links Honolulu to the neighbor island airports of Hilo, Kona, Kahului, Ho’olehua, Lana’i and Lihu’e.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.
United Express-Mesa Airlines High-Res Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Shuttle America’s (United Express) (Indianapolis) Embraer ERJ 170-100SE N637RW (msn 17000051) while operating flight UA 5124 from Atlanta to Newark with 69 passengers and four crew members last night (February 27) was forced to make a nose wheel-up landing closing runway 22L at EWR. The passengers exited the aircraft using the emergency chutes.
Read the full report from the New York Times: CLICK HERE
United Express-Shuttle America Photo Gallery: CLICK HERE
Shuttle America’s ERJ 170 routes operated for United are in blue:
United Airlines (Chicago) today announced plans to launch year-round and seasonal service on several new routes to begin in the summer of 2012.
United will begin daily year-round service between Washington/Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Honolulu (HNL) on June 7, 2012, the only nonstop service between the two points. The flights will operate using the pictured Boeing 767-400 aircraft.
The airline will also add seasonal service to several popular summer travel destinations.
Alaska: New daily service between Denver (DEN) and Fairbanks, Alaska (FAI), will operate from June 7, 2012 through August 27, 2012, using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Fairbanks offers access to Denali National Park, one of Alaska’s most visited destinations. The flights complement United’s existing Alaska service to Anchorage from hubs in Denver, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, as well as Seattle/Tacoma.
South Dakota: United Express will offer daily seasonal service between Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Rapid City, S.D. (RAP), gateway to the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and the Badlands National Park, from June 7, 2012, to August 27, 2012. ExpressJet will operate the flights using Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft. United currently serves Rapid City from its Denver and Chicago hubs.
Wyoming: The airline will also add summer-season flights between its Houston and San Francisco (SFO) hubs and Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC), which attracts millions of summer visitors to nearby Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. The Houston flights will operate twice-weekly from June 8, 2012, through August 27, 2012, using Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The San Francisco flights will operate daily from July 1, 2012, through August 27, 2012, as United Express, with Bombardier CR700 aircraft flown by SkyWest Airlines. These flights are in addition to United’s existing service to Jackson Hole from hubs in Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.
With these new route additions, United will remain within the previously announced capacity guidance.
Since the October 2010 merger of United and Continental, the larger combined fleet has given the company flexibility to better meet market demand. United has added new routes from its hubs to international destinations such as Lagos, Nigeria; Guadalajara, Mexico; Montreal, Canada; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Shanghai, China, and Stuttgart, Germany, along with new intra-Asia routes between the Tokyo hub and Hong Kong and between the Guam hub and Okinawa, Japan.
The merger also enabled the company to add a number of new domestic routes by using a mix of mainline and regional aircraft from both carriers more efficiently.
Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore.
United Slide Show: CLICK HERE
United and Houston Airport System begin Redevelopment Project at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport
United Express-Colgan Air (2nd) SAAB 340B N362PX (msn 258) IAH (Mark Durbin), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Airport System, in partnership with United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago), yesterday broke ground on the first phase of a three-phase redevelopment project at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Phase one of the project, to be completed in 2013, will create a new Terminal B south concourse dedicated to regional jet operations.
The $160 million south concourse project will replace the existing south side flight stations with a new 225,000 square-foot facility to accommodate United’s regional aircraft. At nearly four times the size of the existing space, the new concourse will provide a better customer experience, as it will feature modern and expanded gate lounge areas, concessions and restroom facilities.
Travelers will access the new concourse from the terminal via a 95-foot-wide bridge with 13,000 square feet of food, beverage and retail concessions – a 500-percent increase in concession space over the current facility. The concourse will feature 28-foot-high floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering expansive tarmac views from spacious central passenger lounge areas with durable and modern interior finishes.
Plans for future phases of the $1 billion redevelopment project include redevelopment of the central Terminal B lobby and baggage claim areas, a new international-capable north concourse for mainline and regional jets, a new Terminal B Federal Inspections Services (FIS) facility and infrastructure improvements.
The entire three-phase redevelopment project is planned over the next seven to 10 years, based on demand.
The project’s design incorporates energy-efficient techniques using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria.
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. Please click on the photo for additional information.
United Express-Colgan Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE
SkyWest Airlines (United Express) (St. George, UT) will operate the flights using 66-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets which include six first-class and 60 economy seats per plane. The first flights of the season are scheduled to depart Thursday, December 15, 2011 from San Francisco and San Diego and Friday, December 16, 2011 from Orange County to the ski resort city of Mammoth Lakes, CA.
United is also expanding service from San Francisco International Airport to Mammoth Lakes with a second flight operating from Friday through Monday.
The new flights will depart daily throughout the winter from San Diego and four days per week from Orange County (Friday – Monday). In addition, air service to and from San Francisco now includes additional Friday – Monday flight service to complement the daily flight service already in existence.
Mammoth Yosemite Airport is located 15 minutes from Mammoth Lakes, home of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
United Express-SkyWest Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.
SkyWest routes operated for United Express:
Trans States Airlines’ (TSA) (St. Louis) while operating United Express flight UA 3363 from Chicago (O’Hare) to Ottawa yesterday (September 4), skidded off the end of the runway on landing at Ottawa. All 44 passengers and the three crew members on board were unhurt in the incident.
The aircraft involved was an Embraer ERJ 145LR registered N840HK (msn 145341) which received some minor damage. This aircraft was originally ordered by and delivered to Crossair (now Swiss) as HB-JAH. Crossair elected not to order the trust reverser option for its ERJ 145 aircraft.
The ERJ 140LR is a Long Range version with increased fuel capacity (5187 kg) and upgraded engines.
Trans States issued the following statement:
“Trans States Airlines confirms that United Express Flight 3363 en route from Chicago to Ottawa, Canada, has exited the runway in an incident at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The incident occurred at approximately 3:29 pm local time (on September 4).
The flight was operated using a 50-seat Embraer 145. The passenger list indicates that 44 passengers and a crew of three were aboard the aircraft. Preliminary reports indicate that there were no injuries.
The airline is currently focusing its resources on assisting the passengers who were on board the aircraft.
Trans States Airlines cannot speculate as to the cause of the incident. The carrier will be actively involved in the investigation, which is lead by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Trans States Airlines will provide more information as it becomes available.”
Read the news report by Reuters: CLICK HERE
United Express-Trans States Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Photo Library: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) is investigating a near miss involving ExpressJet Airlines and SkyWest Airlines regional jets operating as United Express carriers. The incident happened on Monday (May 16) involving a new controller at Chicago (O’Hare) after the arrival of Vice President Biden.
Read the full story from the Chicago Tribune: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. Please click on the photo for additional information.
SkyWest, Inc. (St. George) today (May 4) reported operating revenues of $866.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $632.2 million for the same period last year.
SkyWest also reported a net loss of $(11.1) million, or $(0.21) per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $15.0 million of net income, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the same period last year.
On November 12, 2010, SkyWest completed the acquisition of ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. (Houston) for a total cash purchase price of $136.5 million, which includes the value of the shares previously owned by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. (Atlanta), SkyWest’s wholly owned subsidiary. As a result of the acquisition, ExpressJet became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlantic Southeast and SkyWest’s consolidated operations and financial results for periods subsequent to the acquisition reflect the addition of 244 regional jet aircraft operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. (Houston) the primary operating entity of ExpressJet.
SkyWest incurred the net loss principally as the result of several primary factors, including a significant loss of block hour production due to weather-related cancellations that resulted in lost revenue, additional crew costs incurred for training and additional expenses related to both the number of airframe heavy inspections and higher than anticipated amounts for these inspections.
Additionally, under United Express agreements for SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast, SkyWest recognizes revenue at a fixed hourly rate for mature engine maintenance on regional jet engines and SkyWest recognizes engine maintenance expense on its CRJ200 regional jet engines on an as-incurred basis as maintenance expense. During the quarter ended March 31, 2011, CRJ200 engine expense under these agreements decreased $0.7 million to $14.6 million compared to $15.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, as a result of decreased engine overhaul expense principally due to the timing of scheduled engine maintenance events. Additionally, SkyWest was reimbursed approximately $7.0 million under its United Express agreements in each of the periods presented. The average number of scheduled engine maintenance events will likely continue each quarter of 2011 and into the middle of 2012.
At March 31, 2011, SkyWest’s fleet totaled 707 aircraft, consisting of 661 regional jets (241 assigned to Delta, 416 assigned to United and Continental, four assigned to AirTran Airways), and 46 EMB-120 turbo prop aircraft (36 assigned to United and 10 assigned to Delta).
SkyWest is the holding company for three scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest’s scheduled passenger airline operations include SkyWest Airlines also based in St. George, Utah, Atlantic Southeast based in Atlanta, Georgia and recently acquired ExpressJet Airlines based in Houston, Texas. SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United and Delta. SkyWest Airlines also operates flights for AirTran under a marketing agreement. Atlantic Southeast operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United and Delta. ExpressJet Airlines operates as Continental Express and United Express under contractual agreements with Continental Airlines, Inc. and United and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlantic Southeast. System-wide, SkyWest serves markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 3,850 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 707 regional aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. Please click on the photo for additional information.
United Express-SkyWest Airlines Route Map:
United Express-SkyWest Slide Show: CLICK HERE
ExpressJet Airlines’ (Houston) Embraer ERJ 145 operating United Express flight UA 5916 with 44 passengers and three crew members left the runway on landing at Akron/Canton yesterday (March 18). There were no injuries.
Read the full story from The Morning Journal: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. Please click on the photo for information on ExpressJet Airlines.
Mesa Air Group (Phoenix) as expected, yesterday (March 1) emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Mesa Air Group’s Plan of Reorganization became effective on March 1, allowing the company to emerge from its reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Mesa and its related subsidiaries entered bankruptcy protection on January 5, 2010 and Mesa’s exit from bankruptcy protection in 13 months places it among the fastest reorganizations in aviation history.
The Company’s restructuring accomplishments included:
- Elimination of 100 excess aircraft and associated leases and debt which contributed to the deleveraging of Mesa’s balance sheet in the approximate amount of $700 million in capitalized leases and $50 million in debt;
- Restructuring of aircraft leases and financings for Mesa’s remaining CRJ200 and DHC-8 fleets resulting in flexibility, no long term lease exposure and lower costs on the CRJ200 50-seat regional jet aircraft;
- Emerging as a private company that will issue four new series of notes, shares of common stock, and/or warrants to purchase shares of its common stock to its creditors in exchange for their claims in the Chapter 11 proceedings;
- Extending the term of the code-share agreement with US Airways through September 2015.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional information about the United Express-Mesa operation.
United Airlines (including Continental Airlines) North American Route Map (includes United Express routes): CLICK HERE
SkyWest Airlines (United Express) (St. George) due to the recent arbitrator’s decision in the scope clause dispute between the mainline CO pilots and Continental Airlines (Houston), today will begin flying into the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub under the UA code.
See the previous blog entry on the decision:
With the upcoming merger of the two AOCs, will the United AOC now be the surviving AOC due to the Continental 70-seat scope clause? United does not have a 70-seat prohibition in its pilot’s contract.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.
United Airlines-Continental Airlines (Chicago) received a setback on their desire to place the CO code on United Express aircraft with 70-seats. The pilots, represented by ALPA, prevailed in arbitration decision.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional details.
SkyWest Airlines (United Express) (St. George) will restore the St. George-Los Angeles route with Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias on March 6, 2011.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for background information.
Trans States Airlines’ (United Express) (St. Louis) Embraer ERJ 145LR N847HK (msn 14500857) operating United Express flight UA 8050 around 2:30 p.m. EDT (1430) yesterday (June 16) overran runway 25 while landing at Ottawa International Airport. Two people were injured among the 33 passengers and three crewmembers onboard. The flight originated in Washington Dulles International Airport.
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Atlantic Southeast Airlines (Delta Connection and United Express) (Atlanta), a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (St. George), announced a new brand identity that reflects its strong, forward-moving direction within the regional airline industry. Atlantic Southeast operates more than 80 percent of its flights through Atlanta – the busiest airport in the world – and has improved overall on-time performance by approximately 10 percentage points over the past three years.
In addition to the new brand logo, Atlantic Southeast’s website, http://www.flyasa.com, has been completely redesigned and includes the airline’s “Live connected.” brandscape video. The site is designed to provide useful, easy-to-find information for passengers and features the new Being Atlantic Southeast blog that explores stories of life behind the scenes and on the front lines of Atlantic Southeast Airlines, in addition to useful tips for travelers.
About the new Atlantic Southeast Airlines brand identity:
Color: Red is a historic color in the Atlantic Southeast brand. The shade, PMS 1797, is strong and bold. This was the color used on the original DHC-6 Twin Otters.
Aircraft: The aircraft shape represents regional equipment, and it flies beyond the box to show the dynamic future of the organization. Its position represents the airline’s geographic roots in the Southeast.
Forward-angled box: The “forward-angled box” represents the strong, forward moving direction of the airline’s business.
Grey bar: Represents Atlantic Southeast’s partners that the airline works with to be successful.
Name: The full name clearly states who the airline is and is a source of pride for employees.
ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. (Houston-Bush Intercontinental), parent company of regional and charter airline operator, ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., today reported a first quarter loss of $16.1 million or $0.93 per share. Excluding special items, ExpressJet’s loss totaled $12.7 million or $0.73 per share.
Under its capacity purchase agreement with Continental Airlines, ExpressJet flew 162,823 block hours using an average of 208 aircraft. The year-over-year improvement in block hours led to ExpressJet utilizing each aircraft an average of 8 hours and 41 minutes per day-a 6.2% year-over-year improvement. In first quarter 2010, ExpressJet generated 1.9 million revenue passenger miles on 2.5 million available seat miles, producing a load factor of 76% within its Continental Express operation.
ExpressJet continued the expansion phase of its United Express operation, where it flew an average of 16 aircraft during the first quarter. The United Express operation produced 14,432 block hours or average daily utilization of 9 hours and 54 minutes per day. Within the United Express operation, ExpressJet flew 197,244 available seat miles, generating 138,832 revenue passenger miles and a load factor of 70.4%. Currently, ExpressJet operates 22 aircraft in its United Express operation and expects to add 10 additional aircraft on May 1, 2010.
ExpressJet flew 3,027 block hours during the first quarter with an average of 20 aircraft, 6.3% less than first quarter 2009 when 30 aircraft were allocated to ExpressJet’s Corporate Aviation (charter) fleet. With the addition of United Express flying, ExpressJet expects to operate only six 50-seat aircraft within the Corporate Aviation (charter) division for the remainder of 2010. ExpressJet expects the resizing of the Corporate Aviation (charter) fleet will enhance the revenue production per charter aircraft on a go-forward basis.
ExpressJet operated a total of 244 aircraft during first quarter and expects its 2010 fleet plan from May to December 2010 to consist of 244 fifty-seat aircraft allocated as follows:
206 aircraft flying as Continental Express;
32 aircraft flying as United Express; and
6 aircraft flying within Corporate Aviation (charter).
Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N11544 (msn 145557) has now been painted in full United Express colors.
United Airlines (Chicago) announced today (April 20) new and additional service to and from the airline’s Chicago and Los Angeles hubs.
Beginning June 9, 2010, United will offer an additional daily roundtrip flight between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and New York LaGuardia, using a 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. The additional eastbound flight will depart at 8:30 a.m. (0830) and arrive in New York at 11:42 a.m. (1142). The westbound flight will depart at 12:30 p.m. (1230) and arrive in Chicago at 2:04 p.m. (1404).
Beginning August 24, 2010, the three United Express flights operating between Chicago and New York LaGuardia will be replaced with United-operated service. With this change, United will operate as many as 18 flights a day between the two airports.
Also on August 24, 2010, United will begin new daily roundtrip service between Houston and Los Angeles. United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines will operate the service using 66-seat Bombardier CRJ700 Regional Jet aircraft. The eastbound flight will depart at 11:40 a.m. (1140) and arrive at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston at 4:53 p.m. (1653). The westbound flight will depart at 5:40 p.m. (174) and arrive in Los Angeles at 7:15 p.m. (1915).
On November 4, 2010, United will add daily roundtrip service to the existing weekend-only service between Chicago and Pensacola. United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines will operate the service using 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet aircraft. The eastbound flight will depart at 1:10 p.m. (1310) and arrive at Pensacola Regional Airport at 3:29 p.m. (1529). The westbound flight will depart at 4 p.m. (1600) and arrive in Chicago at 6:18 p.m. (1818). These new flights will complement existing twice-daily service between Pensacola and Washington Dulles.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N795SK (msn 10299) arrives at the Los Angeles hub.
ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. (Houston), parent company of regional and charter airline operator, ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., yesterday (February 17) announced that it signed an agreement with United Airlines covering 22 Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet aircraft for United Express service effective December 1, 2009. This signed agreement finalizes the previously announced successful bid by ExpressJet to replace flying done by other United Express partner carriers whose contracts have expired. An additional 10 ERJ 145 aircraft, sourced from our Corporate Aviation (charter) fleet, were added through an amendment to the agreement and will begin operating for United Express on May 1, 2010.
ExpressJet ended January 2010 with ten aircraft in operation for United Express. ExpressJet expects the following monthly fleet plan for United Express for the first-half of 2010.
The agreement has an initial term of three years (expiring April 30, 2013) for 11 aircraft and two years (expiringApril 30, 2012) for the remaining 11 aircraft, and will have a renewal option, at United’s election, for additional periods up to a total term of five years.
From May 2010 through December 2010, ExpressJet will fly up to 10 additional aircraft for United Express in the current ExpressJet livery. United will have the option to renew the operation of these aircraft for up to four additional periods of not less than thirty days per renewal period. United must notify ExpressJet of its intention to renew for the initial renewal period no later than June 15th for the first six supplemental aircraft andAugust 15th for the remaining four additional aircraft. In an effort to provide United with increased flexibility, the amendment to the agreement allows United to extend the renewal deadline for each aircraft upon certain terms and conditions. If the renewal option is not exercised, the ten aircraft will be removed from service and placed into the Corporate Aviation (charter) operation.
United Airlines (Chicago) announced the airline will add Minot, ND to the airline’s global network with twice daily nonstop service to Denver beginning June 9, 2010. United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines will operate the service using 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft.
ASA-Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. (Atlanta), a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., yesterday (February 11) launched a new partnership with United Airlines with scheduled service under the United Express code from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). ASA is starting United Express service with eight weekday flights from Chicago O’Hare, and 15 weekday flights from Washington Dulles, using eight newly refurbished 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. In May, ASA will add six CRJ200 aircraft to the United Express operation, bringing the average number of weekday flights to 90 and the total number of cities served by ASA in the United Express network to 21.
The inaugural ASA-operated United Express flight departed on time today from Chicago O’Hare to Columbus, Ohio, at 6:24 a.m. CST.
Copyright Photo: Christopher Weyer. ASA’s Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N832AS (msn 7243) shows off the new UA plumage at the ATL base.
ASA (Atlantic Southeast Airlines) (Atlanta) has started to paint its 13 Bombardier CRJ200s (CL-600-2B19s) for the new United Express contract. ASA is due to start flying for UA in the first quarter of 2010.
Copyright Photo: Christopher Weyer. Three painted CRJ200s are pictured on ASA’s ramp in Atlanta.
ExpressJet Airlines (Houston) will operate 22 Embraer ERJ 145s for United Airlines as an United Express carrier starting on May 1, 2010.
United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N932SW (msn 7714) LAX, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
SkyWest Airlines (United Express) will add four new destinations from the Chicago O’Hare hub in early 2010. United Express service will be added from ORD to Eau Claire (March 1), Hancock/Houghton (March 1), Muskegon (February 11) and Paducah (February 11).
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.
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