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Republic Airways Holdings reports third net income of $18.5 million, will sublease 24 Bombardier Q400s to Flybe

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Indianapolis) reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2014:

Republic’s pre-tax income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2014 was $30.5 million compared to $5.4 million for the prior year’s third quarter. In the third quarter of 2013, the Company incurred an impairment charge of $21.2 million. Absent this impairment, Republic’s pre-tax income from continuing operations increased $3.9 million, or 14.7%.

Republic’s net income for the third quarter of 2014 was $18.5 million, or $0.35 per diluted share.

Republic’s pre-tax income from continuing operations for the nine months ending Sept. 30, 2014, was $86.6 million compared to $51.7 million for the same period of 2013. Absent impairment charges in both years and a fair value gain recorded in 2014, Republic’s pre-tax income from continuing operations increased from $72.9 million to $88.1 million, or 20.9%. Republic’s net income for the nine months ending Sept. 30, 2014, was $52.6 million, or $1.01 per diluted share.

During the quarter, the Company announced it would add 50 new E175 aircraft to its Capacity Purchase Agreement with United. The aircraft, which each have a term of 12 years, are expected to be delivered between mid-2015 and mid-2017. The Company and United also agreed to an early wind-down schedule for the Company’s 31 Q400 aircraft currently in operation between early 2015 and late 2016.

As previously report, Republic has entered into a sublease with Flybe Limited, a UK airline, for 24 Q400 aircraft, with deliveries to Flybe coordinated with the removal of the aircraft from United service. The remaining Q400 aircraft will be sold, leased or returned to the lessor after removing them from United service.

Operating Revenue Highlights

Operating revenues increased $11.1 million, or 3.3%, as compared to the third quarter of 2013 to $349.7 million in the third quarter of 2014. Fixed-fee service revenue increased $23.4 million, or 7.3%, to $343.7 million due to increased E175 flying with American Airlines offset by the removal of 15 E140 and 12 E145 aircraft from service. Passenger service revenue decreased $12.6 million because of the removal of E190 aircraft operating under pro-rate agreement with Frontier Airlines.

Operating Expense Highlights

The increase in wages and benefits expenses of $6.7 million, or 7.7%, was primarily due to an increase in E175 operations, an increase in the cost of benefits we provide to our employees and new pilot flight and duty rest regulations.

Fuel expense for the third quarter of 2014 decreased $6.2 million, or 54.9%, as compared to the third quarter of 2013 to $5.1 million primarily due to a 56.9% decrease in gallons consumed related to the elimination of pro-rated flying for Frontier. Fuel expense is primarily attributable to our fixed-fee charter operations and is a pass-through to our customers.

Depreciation and amortization expense for the third quarter of 2014 increased $6.7 million, or 18.1%, as compared to the third quarter of 2013 due primarily to the increase in the E175 fleet.

The other impairment charge of $21.2 million during the third quarter of 2013 was due to an impairment charge on owned E190 aircraft and the write-off of maintenance deposits on leased E190 aircraft.

Fleet Highlights

As of September 30, 2014, Republic operated a fleet of 240 aircraft. Through September, the Company has removed 27 ERJ aircraft from CPA service, and has taken delivery of 17 Embraer E175 aircraft and expects to take delivery of seven additional E175 aircraft during the remainder of 2014. As of September 30, 2014, within its fixed-fee and charter agreements, the Company operated 42 aircraft with 44-50 seats and 198 aircraft with 69-99 seats.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

The Company’s total cash balance decreased $17.2 million to $283.5 million as of Sept. 30, 2014, compared to Dec. 31, 2013. Restricted cash increased $1.8 million, to $25.8 million, from Dec. 31, 2013, due to the escrow requirements under fixed-fee charter agreements. The Company’s unrestricted cash balance decreased $19.0 million, to $257.7 million, from Dec. 31, 2013, due mainly to equity investments into new aircraft and the redemption of a $22.3 million convertible note. A consolidated balance sheet and summary cash flow statement have been included in the tables section of this release.

During the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2014, the Company purchased 212,881 shares of its common stock on the open market at a weighted average price per share of $9.98 pursuant to the open market purchase plan approved on April 7, 2014, for total consideration of $2.1 million.

The Company’s debt increased to $2.35 billion as of September 30, 2014, compared to $2.17 billion at December 31, 2013, primarily related to the financing of 17 new E175 aircraft purchased for our American Airlines fixed-fee agreement partially offset by the Company’s debt repayments. As of September 30, 2014, about 97% of the Company’s debt is at a fixed interest rate. The Company has significant long-term lease obligations for aircraft that are classified as operating leases and are not reflected as liabilities on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. At a 6% discount factor, the present value of these lease obligations was about $0.51 billion and $0.59 billion as of Sept. 30, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2013, respectively.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines (2nd) and Shuttle America.

As of Sept. 30, 2014, the three airlines operated a combined fleet of about 240 aircraft and offered scheduled passenger service on more than 1,300 flights daily to about 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada through fixed-fee flights operated under our major airline partner brands, including American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. As previously reported, United Airlines is dropping the Bombardier Q400 services operated by Republic Airlines (2nd). Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N346NG (msn 4346) arrives at Washington (Reagan National).

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United to add Wi-Fi to over 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets

United Airlines (Chicago) announced plans to outfit more than 200 two-cabin United Express regional jets with Wi-Fi and personal device entertainment, with the first Wi-Fi-enabled flights expected later this year.

The airline intends to install Gogo’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground Wi-Fi product on Embraer 170, 175 and Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and to complete planned installations by next summer.

Early next year, United expects to expand personal device entertainment to these aircraft, enabling customers to select from a wide range of movies and television shows to view on their Wi-Fi-enabled iOS and Android devices using United’s mobile app, as well as on laptop computers.

Regional Jet Investments

United has announced significant investments in its United Express service, including:

A fleet of 120 brand new Embraer 175 regional jets (above), which offer 12 seats in United First with in-seat power, 16 United Economy Plus seats, and larger overhead bins throughout the aircraft;

New, modern seats with a signature seat design on more than 100 CRJ700 aircraft and on the E175 fleet; and

Freshly prepared food for premium-cabin customers on United Express flights beginning in 2015.

Wi-Fi and Entertainment Investments

The launch of regional jet Wi-Fi and personal device entertainment is United’s latest investment in its customers’ in-flight connectivity. The airline also offers:

More than 340 aircraft with Wi-Fi, including nearly two-thirds of its mainline domestic fleet, with plans to install Wi-Fi on the entire mainline fleet by mid-2015; and

More than 180 mainline aircraft with personal device entertainment, including all Boeing 747s and Airbus aircraft and nine Boeing 777s that primarily fly between the continental U.S. and Hawaii. United plans to offer personal device entertainment on more than 200 mainline aircraft by the end of this year.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated by SkyWest Airlines, Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N118SY (msn 17000420) taxies at the San Francisco hub.

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United Airlines to drop the Washington Dulles-New York JFK route

United Airlines (Chicago) will drop the Washington (Dulles)-New York (JFK) route on October 26. ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) currently operates the United Express route with CRJ200s per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. ExpressJet Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N877AS (msn 7579) arrives at the Washington Dulles hub.

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United Airlines choses Republic Airways Holdings to operate 50 new Embraer E175s, United will phase out the Q400s

United Airlines (Chicago) today (September 17) announced the company will amend its existing agreement with regional carrier Shuttle America, to add 50 Embraer E175 aircraft. Shuttle America‘s (Indianapolis) parent company, Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Indianapolis), will determine which of its carriers will operate the new 76-seat aircraft under the United Express brand.

United anticipates deliveries will begin in July 2015 and continue through the summer of 2017. The new aircraft will replace large turboprop airplanes and older, less-efficient aircraft and are in addition to 70 E175s whose deliveries began this year for other carriers to operate as United Express.

E175 Features:

The E175s will offer 12 seats in United First and 64 seats in United Economy, including 16 extra-legroom United Economy Plus seats. The aircraft also offer more personal space for customers, with wider seats and aisles than other regional aircraft; a power outlet at each United First seat; and large overhead bins that can accommodate standard-size carry-on bags.

Additional Fleet Updates:

In addition to expanding the E175 fleet, United plans to make the following changes to its United Express service:

1. Extend the airline’s agreement with Shuttle America on 38 E170s, with new expiration dates beginning in September 2019 and continuing through December 2022; and

2. Begin removing, in 2015, 31 Bombardier Q400s operated by Republic Airlines, a carrier also owned by Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (some of the aircraft will go to Flybe).

In related news, Embraer S.A. and Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Indianapolis), operator of the largest E-Jets fleet in the world, announced a contract today for the sale and purchase of 50 firm E175 jets. The value of the firm order, which will be included in Embraer’s 2014 third-quarter backlog, is estimated at $2.1 billion, based on 2014 list prices. The aircraft will be operated for United Airlines under the United Express brand. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2015 and extend until 2017.

This contract is in addition to the order signed by Embraer and Republic in January 2013 for 47 firm and 47 option E175s – 34 of which have already been delivered. In addition to the new order, Republic maintains 32 options for E175s.

This transaction is in connection with the transfer of Q400 turboprop airplanes currently operated by Republic Airlines to UK’s carrier Flybe Limited. Concurrently, Flybe and Embraer have agreed to reduce by 20 the outstanding order for 24 E175’s the airline has on order backlog. Therefore, the net increase to Embraer’s backlog in the 3rd quarter will be 30 E175 jets.

Republic Airways was one of the first U.S. carriers to fly Embraer E-Jets, operating its first E170 in 2004. With this new order, the Republic Airways E-Jet fleet will consist of 72 E170s and 151 E175s for a total of 223 E-Jets. Republic Airways is also a long-time customer of the ERJ 145 regional jet family with 41 flying as Delta Connection aircraft.

Finally, United Airlines launched its Mercedes-Benz tarmac transportation service at Denver International Airport, offering chauffeured convenience at more airports than any other carrier. With this expansion, United offers the service at all of its U.S. hub airports.

The Mercedes-Benz tarmac transportation service provides the airline’s top frequent flyers with greater comfort and convenience, offering an additional way for these customers to save valuable time when connecting through the airline’s hubs. United will chauffeur selected Global Services members and United Global First customers to their connections in Denver in a Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC SUV, powered by environmentally friendly, clean diesel technology.

United representatives will meet customers at the aircraft, escort them to the waiting Mercedes-Benz vehicle and drive them across the tarmac to their connecting flight. The expediting service gives priority to customers with close connections.

United also offers the transfer service at its hub airports in Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles.

Along with tarmac transportation, the airline and Mercedes-Benz USA partner to provide promotional packages and bonus miles to United’s MileagePlus Premier members, which include Global Services members, who purchase or lease certain new Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Current offers are available at united.com/Mercedes.

Earlier this year, United opened a new Global Services reception lobby for its top frequent flyers at the airline’s New York hub at Newark Liberty International airport. In October, the airline will open a Global Services reception lobby at San Francisco International Airport. In June, United unveiled an all-new United Club airport lounge and United Global First Lounge at London Heathrow International Airport’s new Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal.

Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Shuttle America currently operates 38 Embraer ERJ 170-100SE aircraft for United Airlines under the United Express brand. N637RW (msn 17000051) arrives at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Republic Airlines (2nd) currently operates 31 Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s) for United Airlines at its hubs. N202WQ (msn 4202) arrives at Raleigh-Durham (RDU).

SkyWest Airlines to drop Chico, California on December 2

SkyWest Airlines (United Express) (St. George, UT) will drop Chico, California and the Chico-San Francisco route on December 2. The route is not profitable according to KRCR News. This will end commercial air service at the airport.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia N295SW (msn 120322) taxies at the San Francisco hub.

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United Airlines to start San Francisco-Montrose, Colorado flights

United Airlines (Chicago) will start twice-weekly United Express service, operated by SkyWest Airlines (St. George, UT) CRJ700s, between its San Francisco hub and Montrose, CO on December 20 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N763SK (msn 10228) of SkyWest Airlines departs from Los Angeles.

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United to drop the Chicago O’Hare-Topeka route on September 3

United Airlines (Chicago) is ending United Express service from Topeka, Kansas to the Chicago (O’Hare) hub on September 3 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N18101 (msn 145590) arrives at the Chicago O’Hare hub.

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United to operate seasonal Washington Dulles-Los Cabos weekly flights, will launch two new Express routes from Newark

United Airlines (Chicago) will launch a weekly and seasonal route from the Washington (Dulles) hub to Los Cabos (Baja), Mexico from December 20 through May 2, 2015. The route will be operated on Saturdays with Boeing 737-700 aircraft per Airline Route.

The company is also starting two new daily United Express routes from the Newark hub starting on October 26; to London, Ontario and South Bend, Indiana. Both routes will be operated with Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-724 N14731 (msn 28799) taxies at the San Francisco hub.

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United to add three seasonal ski routes next winter

United Airlines (Chicago) is adding three winter seasonal flights to some of the more popular ski destinations. The company will add weekly Denver-Mammoth Lakes, California service with United Express CRJ700s from December 20, 2014 through March 28, 2015 per Airline Route.

The company will also operate weekly Airbus A319 flights between the Washington (Dulles) hub and Hayden (Yampa Valley Airport – near Steamboat Springs), Colorado from December 14 through April 10, 2015.

Finally United will also operate weekly Washington (Dulles)-Jackson Hole, Wyoming Boeing 737-700 flights from December 20 through March 27, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-131 N840UA (msn 1522) departs from the Washington (Dulles) hub.

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United expands Embraer 175 operations

United Express ERJ 175s (United)(LRW)

United Airlines (Chicago) will add additional Embraer 175 flights from the San Francisco hub in the fall. In addition to the previously-reported routes, United will add United Express service from SFO with the new E175 flights to Boise (starting on September 30), Calgary (September 21), Dallas/Fort Worth (October 26), Kansas City (October 26), St. Louis (September 20) and Salt Lake City (October 26) per Airline Route.

The SFO flights are expected to be operated by SkyWest Airlines.

SkyWest Airlines operated its E175 inaugural flight, operating as United Express, from Chicago O’Hare to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 17. According to SkyWest, “the milestone represented a tremendous amount of preparation and hard work by many SkyWest employees during the last 15 months.”

Within the next two years, SkyWest will take delivery of 40 new E175s that will operate under an agreement with United Airlines.

According to the airline, “the E175 is the fifth aircraft type in SkyWest’s current fleet, and from full-sized cargo-bins to larger aisles and seats, it’s filled with enhanced features that will help ensure every passenger enjoys a comfortable, convenient flight.”

From Houston, E175 service on flights between the hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Atlanta and New Orleans begins on June 15, and between Houston and Austin starting on June 16. United also launched E175 service between Chicago O’Hare and Minneapolis/St. Paul on June 5; between Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta beginning on June 15; and between Chicago O’Hare and New York LaGuardia beginning on June 23.

United Express carrier Mesa Airlines will operate the flights between Houston and Atlanta, Austin and New Orleans. United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines will operate the flights between Chicago and Atlanta, New York LaGuardia and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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United to end its regional routes to Las Vegas on September 2

United Airlines (Chicago) will end its Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia regional routes to Las Vegas on September 2 per Airline Route. SkyWest Airlines (St. George) currently operates its United Express Brasilias to both Fresno and Palm Springs from LAS.

Additionally United is starting nonstop United Express Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet service from its San Francisco hub to Kelowna, British Columbia on September 20.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest’s EMB-120ER Brasilia N568SW (msn 120343) lands at LAS.

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United to drop United Express service from Portland, Oregon to Eugene, Redmond and Seattle/Tacoma

United Airlines (Chicago) has decided to drop its United Express flights from Portland, Oregon to Eugene, Redmond and Seattle/Tacoma on September 1 according to Oregon Live. The flights are operated by SkyWest Airlines Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilias.

Read the full story from Oregon Live: CLICK HERE

In addition, United is dropping service to Doha, Qatar on August 30 as an extension of the daily Washington (Dulles)-Dubai route according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines EMB-120ER Brasilia N584SW (msn 120352) taxies across the ramp at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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United Airlines and SkyWest Airlines introduce the Embraer 175

United Express ERJ 175 PR-EFC (CO 91)(Flt)(Embraer-United)(LRW)

United Airlines (Chicago) has introduced the Embraer 175 aircraft to the United Express fleet, with service on the regional jet operating between Chicago (O’Hare) and the top business markets of Washington (Reagan National) and Boston (Logan).

United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) began Boston service today (May 19). Service between Chicago (O’Hare) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport began on Saturday (May 17). The E175 flights complement existing United service in those markets.

The 76-seat E175 regional jet is the newest addition to the United Express fleet, enabling the airline to offer an improved regional jet experience. With 12 seats in United First, 16 seats in United Economy Plus and 48 seats in United Economy, the E175 offers more personal space for customers, with wider seats and aisles than other regional aircraft. Each United First seat features a power outlet. The aircraft’s large overhead bins can accommodate standard-sized carry-on bags, resulting in more convenience for customers.

United will offer E175 in several additional markets beginning in June, complementing existing United services:

Chicago O’Hare-Minneapolis /St. Paul, beginning June 5
Chicago O’Hare-Atlanta, beginning June 15
Houston Bush Intercontinental-Atlanta, beginning June 15
Houston Bush Intercontinental-New Orleans, beginning June 15
Chicago O’Hare-New York LaGuardia, beginning June 23
San Francisco-St. Louis, beginning September 20
San Francisco-Austin, beginning October 26
San Francisco-Dallas/Fort Worth, beginning October 26
San Francisco-Minneapolis/ St. Paul, beginning October 26

SkyWest Airlines will operate the services to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and to and from San Francisco International Airport. Mesa Airlines will operate the flights to and from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

United expects to introduce 70 E175 aircraft into the United Express fleet by the end of 2015. As United inducts new aircraft into the fleet, the airline will remove smaller, less efficient regional aircraft from the fleet. The E175s consume less fuel per seat and have fewer CO2 emissions per seat than the aircraft they replace.

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United to connect the oil patch of Williston, North Dakota to Houston starting on August 19

United Airlines (Chicago) will start nonstop United Express service from its Houston (Bush Intercontinental) to the oil patch area at Williston in the western part of North Dakota starting on August 19. The new route will be operated by ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) and was announced by Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota. ExpressJet already flies the Williston-Denver route for United Airlines (see the map below).

Read the full report from The Republic: CLICK HERE

Additionally, United will also commence nonstop United Express service from its Denver hub to Lafayette, Indiana also starting on August 19 per Airline Route.

The carrier will start daily nonstop Houston (Bush Intercontinental)-Hartford/Springfield Embraer 175 flights starting on October 15.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. United Express Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N16559 (msn 145603) operated by ExpressJet Airlines prepares to land in Charlotte.

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SkyWest Airlines to operate United Express flights from the Denver hub to Hays, Kansas starting on August 1

 

SkyWest Airlines (United Express) (St. George, Utah) will start a new route for United Airlines. The first United Express flight, operated by SkyWest Airlines, from Hays, Kansas to Denver is scheduled to take off beginning on August 1, 2014.

The Hays flights will operate using 50-seat Bombardier-manufactured CRJ200 regional jet aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest’s Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N930SW (msn 7713) operating in United Express colors arrives in Los Angeles.

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United releases schedules for four additional Embraer 175 routes

United Express-SkyWest ERJ 175 PR-EED (CO 91)(Grd) SJK (Embraer)(LR)

United Airlines (Chicago) has released additional new Embraer 175 United Express routes and schedules as reported by Airline Route. This is in addition to the other previously released E175 schedules.

From Chicago (O’Hare) hub to:

Austin, Texas (effective July 1)

From Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub to:

Toronto (Pearson) (July 15)

Calgary (August 19)

From the San Francisco hub to:

St. Louis (September 20)

The new type will be introduced from the Chicago (O’Hare) hub to Washington (Reagan National) starting on May 17.

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United to start nonstop Houston-Boise service starting on August 19

United Airlines (Chicago) will introduced a new daily Bombardier CRJ700 route from the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub and Boise, Idaho starting on August 19 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/Airlinersgallery.com. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N765SK (msn 10231) of SkyWest Airlines climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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United Airlines to end all service to Klamath Falls and Modesto in June

United Airlines (Chicago) will end United Express Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia service to Klamath Falls, Oregon (from Portland and San Francisco) on June 3 per Airline Route. Service to Modesto, California from San Francisco will end on June 4. The routes are operated by SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia N233SW (msn 120307) arrives in Los Angeles.

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Current SkyWest (United Express) routes on the West Coast:

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United to start daily Newark-Binghamton service on June 6

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United Airlines (Chicago) will start daily United Express service between the Newark hub and Binghamton starting on June 6 with Bombardier DHC-8-200 service.

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Embraer delivers the first Embraer E175 to SkyWest Airlines

United Express-SkyWest ERJ 175 PR-EED (CO 91)(Grd) SJK (Embraer)(LR)

Embraer (São José dos Campos) yesterday (March 27) delivered, in a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters, in São José dos Campos, the first dual-class 76-seat Embraer 175 (ERJ 175) to SkyWest Inc. (SkyWest Airlines) (St. George, Utah). The aircraft is part of the firm order signed by the airline last year, for 40 E175 aircraft. SkyWest Airlines will operate the aircraft as an United Express carrier for United Airlines. The E175s are configured in a dual-class 76-seat layout.

An additional 60 orders are reconfirmable, subject to SkyWest being awarded Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) contracts with major U.S. airline partners. The agreement between SkyWest and Embraer also includes options for another 100 E175s, taking the potential total order up to 200 airplanes.

In a separate deal with Embraer, SkyWest became the launch customer of the E175-E2, ordering 100 aircraft with 100 additional options, for deliveries beginning in 2020.

SkyWest is the largest regional airline group in the world and is the parent company of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines. Both companies have long histories with Embraer and were early customers for the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft. More than 40 EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft currently fly in the SkyWest Airlines network, primarily in the western United States. ExpressJet Airlines operates 251 aircraft of the ERJ 145 family and is the largest ERJ operator in the world.

The new type is due to enter revenue service on May 17, 2014 on the Chicago (O’Hare)-Washington (Reagan National) route.

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Routes operated as United Express:

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CommutAir to shift its fleet to Newark and Washington Dulles

CommutAir (United Express) (Cleveland) as expected, will shift most of its fleet to United Airlines’ Newark and Washington (Dulles) hubs as United phases down the CLE hub according to Flightglobal.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-311 (Q300) N876CA (msn 438) of CommutAir arrives at Washington’s Dulles International Airport hub (IAD).

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SkyWest Airlines to add two new United Express destinations in North Dakota

SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) has announced new United Express jet service from Jamestown and Devils Lake Regional Airports to the Denver hub.

Beginning June 5, 2014, there will be 11 roundtrip flights each week from both Jamestown and Devils Lake to Denver, including both nonstop and one-stop trips. Every flight is timed to provide extensive connection opportunities on hundreds of daily United Airlines flights in Denver.

The new service from Jamestown and Devils Lake will be operated with 50-passenger Bombardier-manufactured Canadair Regional Jet 200s (CRJ200s).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest’s Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N973SW (msn 7949) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Routes operated as United Express:

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United Airlines announces additional Embraer 175 routes

United Express ERJ 175 (CO 91)(Flt)(United)(LRW)

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced that it will launch service with the airline’s new Embraer 175 aircraft on flights between United’s Houston hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Atlanta and New Orleans beginning on June 15, and between Houston and Austin beginning on June 16. United also announced ERJ 175 service between Chicago O’Hare and Minneapolis/St. Paul beginning on June 5; between Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta beginning on June 15; and between Chicago O’Hare and New York LaGuardia beginning on June 23.

The 76-seat ERJ 175 regional jet is the newest addition to the United Express fleet. The aircraft features 12 seats in United First, 16 seats in United Economy Plus and 48 seats in United Economy. United Express carrier Mesa Airlines (Phoenix) will operate the flights between Houston and Atlanta, Austin and New Orleans. United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) will operate the flights between Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta, New York LaGuardia and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Last month, United announced that SkyWest Airlines will operate ERJ 175 service between Chicago O’Hare and Reagan Washington National beginning on May 17 and between Chicago O’Hare and Boston Logan beginning on May 19.

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United Airlines to introduce the Embraer 175 on May 17

United Express ERJ 175 (CO 91)(Flt)(United)(LRW)

United Airlines (Chicago) will introduce the first Embraer 175 (ERJ 175) on two routes from its Chicago O’Hare hub in May.

United Express ERJ 175 inaugural flight will be launched on May 17 between Chicago (O’Hare) and Washington (Reagan National). Two days later, the new type will be introduced between Chicago (O’Hare) and Boston according to USA Today.

SkyWest, Inc. announced in May 2013 it had entered into a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines, Inc. 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 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.

Previously in April 2013 United Airlines 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.

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.

Image: United Airlines.

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Silver Airways to drop the Cleveland hub, will retire the Beech 1900Ds

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has made the important decision to drop the Cleveland hub following United Airlines’ (Chicago) decision to phase down and de-hub Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The regional carrier has also made the decision to phase out and retire the remaining Beech 1900Ds and concentrate its fleet around the SAAB 340B.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Beech 1900D N47542 (msn UE-198) in United Express colors taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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The company issued this statement:

As part of its plan to strengthen operations, simplify its fleet, increase revenue, reduce costs, and better position the airline for future growth and new markets, Silver Airways has announced plans to exit operations in its Cleveland network and retrain or redeploy its pilots, mechanics, and airport team members to operate its core SAAB 340B Plus fleet to its key markets.
Silver provided the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) with the required 90-day notice of its intent to discontinue scheduled service between Cleveland and five communities no later than May 15, 2014, including Jamestown, New York (JHW); Bradford, Pennsylvania (BFD); DuBois, Pennsylvania (DUJ); Franklin, Pennsylvania (FKL); and Parkersburg, West Virginia (PKB).
 

United Airlines to add four new Express routes from Chicago O’Hare

United Airlines (Chicago) in June will add four new United Express routes from the Chicago (O’Hare) hub per Airline Route. Daily Chicago-Bangor flights will be added on June 5 as an United Express (CRJ700) route along with Chicago-Erie (ERJ 145) and Chicago-Flint (ERJ 145) on the same day.

Finally on June 22, United Express service will be added to Cody, Wyoming with a weekly flight (CRJ700).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N744SK (msn 10200) of SkyWest Airlines climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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United Express service is coming to Atlantic City, New Jersey

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 Chicago, United’s flight to Atlantic City will depart at 8:10 a.m. (0810) daily, arriving at 11:17 a.m. (1117). The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 11:52 a.m. (1152) and arrive in Chicago at 1:10 p.m. (1310).

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.

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SkyWest announces quarterly income of $26.4 million

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.

Quarter Highlights

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.

Liquidity

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 to add new “ski season” flights

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.

New Service

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.

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Silver Airways and United Airlines renew their code-share agreement

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.

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United Airlines introduces a new Bombardier CRJ700 seat design

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.

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United Airlines to drop the Los Angeles-Inyokern route on November 5

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.

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SkyWest Airlines to open a new maintenance base at South Bend, Indiana

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
(A&P 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.

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Combined Route Map:

SkyWest Combined 9:2013 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.

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United announces new routes from the Chicago O’Hare 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
Departs Arrives Departs Arrives
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
Departs Arrives Departs Arrives
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
Departs Arrives Departs Arrives
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.

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Republic Airways Holdings reaches a tentative agreement with its flight attendants

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Indianapolis) has announced that it has reached a tentative agreement (TA) on a new five-year contract with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 135 Flight Attendants. Local 135 represents over 2,000 Flight Attendants for Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines (2nd) and Shuttle America.

The proposed contract includes increases in pay, improvements in quality of life and more flexibility in scheduling. The TA still must be presented to union members for review and a ratification vote, which is expected to be held in July.

Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com (please click on the photo for the full size view). Shuttle America’s Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N204JQ (msn 17000243) operating as a Delta Connection carrier arrives at Washington (Reagan National).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Shuttle America’s Embraer ERJ 170-100SE N639RW (msn 17000057) prepares to land at Charlotte while operating for United Airlines as an United Express carrier.

Combined Route Map (please click on the map for the full-size view):

Republic Airways Holdings 7:2013 Route Map

Newsworthy Photo of the Day – May 23, 2013

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia N295SW (msn 120322) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 912231.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

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SkyWest orders 100 conditional new Embraer 175s, SkyWest Airlines to operate 40 for United Express

United Express ERJ 175 (CO 91)(Flt)(United)(LRW)

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 Express-SkyWest 5:2013 Route Map

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United Airlines orders 30 Embraer ERJ 175 regional jets

United Express ERJ 175 (CO 91)(Flt)(United)(LRW)

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.

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ExpressJet Airlines joins with Cape Air in the JetBlue University Gateway Program

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.

United Express-ExpressJet: AG Slide Show

Routes flown for United Airlines:

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Please click on the map for the full size view.

SkyWest to operate St. George-Denver CRJ200 flights for United

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.

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United Express-SkyWest: AG Slide Show

SkyWest routes operated for United Airlines:

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Please click on the map for the full-size view.

ExpressJet to operate the Denver-Dickinson, North Dakota route for United

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
Departs Arrives Departs Arrives
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.

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Route Map for the United Express operation:

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United Airlines to restore two routes from the Cleveland hub

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 Express-ExpressJet Airlines: 

United Airlines to launch two new routes from the Cleveland hub

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
Departs Arrives Departs Arrives
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
Departs Arrives Departs Arrives
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.

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SkyWest Airlines to start Denver-Laramie service on November 4

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.

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Colgan Air operates its last revenue flight

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.

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Colgan Air’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 N341NG collides on the ground with Lufthansa’s Airbus A330-343X D-AIKE at Washington Dulles

Colgan Air (2nd) (Memphis) has its share of problems. First the company is going out of business on September 5. Adding to this problem, yesterday (August 10) a Lufthansa Airbus A330-343X registered as D-AIKE clipped the tail of Colgan Air’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N341NG operating as  flight UA 3912 for United Express from Pittsburgh to Washington (Dulles). After landing at Dulles and during the taxi to the gate at Dulles International Airport (IAD) the incident happened. There were no injuries.

Read the full story from Channel 9: CLICK HERE

Colgan Air: 

Silver Airways to operate as an United Express carrier at Washington Dulles

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)

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

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 to cut 95 jobs at Houston as it ends United Express operations

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.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

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United denies its is downsizing the Cleveland hub

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).

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

United is also adding 17 weekly flights at Cincinnati.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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CommutAir Route Map (adding Washington Dulles in July 2012):

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