Category Archives: CommutAir

CommutAir to add 21 Embraer ERJ 145s, will retire the Dash 8s by January 2018

All DHC-8 Dash 8s to be replaced with ERJ 145s by January 2018

CommutAir (Burlington, VT) has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Airlines to add 21 Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft to its existing contract to fly 40 jet aircraft under the United Express brand.

These jets will replace Bombardier the Dash 8 turboprop aircraft with planned retirements by January 2018.

Under the MOU, CommutAir plans to:

  • Accelerate the retirement of its 21 Bombardier DHC-8 Dash 8’s – with the final exit in January 2018
  • Continue accepting Embraer ERJ145 aircraft through 2019 until 61 jets have been inducted
  • Offer an improved and attractive hiring incentive program for pilots

“We are gratified by United’s renewed vote of confidence in CommutAir’s dedicated employees,” said Subodh Karnik, CommutAir’s President & CEO.  “This development will allow us to triple in size by 2019, provide tremendous career-growth opportunities for our employees, and help us pursue our Vision of ‘becoming United’s regional airline partner of choice’.”

This development follows the 2016 agreement between United Airlines and CommutAir, which resulted in:

  • United’s purchase of a 40 percent ownership stake in CommutAir stock, as part of a comprehensive recapitalization
  • A new Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) to double CommutAir’s fleet with 40 ERJ145 aircraft
  • United’s first, and most expansive, Career Path Program (CPP) to provide CommutAir pilots with a gateway to a United flight deck in as quickly as a year

“Our growing team of 800 plus aviation professionals embrace our family environment and can-do culture and were the driving force behind the successful launch of the Embraer ERJ145 in 2016 – which was faster than the three other operators who undertook similar efforts last year,” said Joel Raymond, Chief Operating Officer.  “Accelerating Dash-8 retirements and continuing to grow the Embraer ERJ145 fleet will afford our pilots and other employees with leading regional airline industry career advancement opportunities.”

As part of its growth plan, CommutAir announced a significant improvement to its Pilot sign-on bonus program and further enhancements to its Career Path Program.

Copyright Photo: United Express-CommutAir Bombardier DHC-8-311 (Q300) N838CA (msn 527) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 909675.

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CommutAir becomes a new Embraer ERJ operator

CommutAir Begins Commercial Service with ERJ-145XR Aircraft for United Express (PRNewsFoto/CommutAir)

CommutAir Begins Commercial Service with ERJ-145XR Aircraft for United Express (PRNewsFoto/CommutAir)

CommutAir on July 1, 2016 began commercial service with its inaugural United Express flight on the Embraer ERJ-145XR regional jet from Washington, DC (Dulles) to Columbia, SC.

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.

Photo: CommutAir.

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CommutAir’s pilots ratify the new four-year contract

United Express-CommutAir Bombardier DHC-8-202 (Q200) N364PH (msn 524) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 909729.

CommutAir (United Express) (Burlington, VT) has confirmed that its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), ratified a new four year contract that the company called a “significant accomplishment in light of a very challenging employment environment”.

The new four year deal addresses key quality of life and pay issues as well as important productivity concerns as the Company implements significant growth plans with the addition of 40 Embraer ERJ 145 jet aircraft to its fleet pursuant to the recently announced five year flying contract with United Airlines.

In addition to the announced aircraft growth the Company has established a “Career Path Program” CPP with United Airlines where participating pilots are offered the option to transition from CommutAir to United after meeting various service, performance record and accumulated flight hour requirements.

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is the d/b/a of Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. CommutAir’s Bombardier DHC-8-202 (Q200) N364PH (msn 524) arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

United Express-CommutAir aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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CommutAir takes delivery of its first jetliner

CommutAir (United Express) (Burlington, VT) issued this statement and photo concerning the delivery of its first (of 40) Embraer ERJ 145:

CommutAir’s first jet aircraft arrived at its Albany maintenance base earlier this week. It will be used for FAA certification and training before being placed into service early next year.

The first aircraft is one of 40 ERJ145 aircraft that CommutAir will operate under a previously announced operating contract with United Airlines. The contract also introduced a Career Path Program (CPP) for CommutAir pilots.

 

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is the d/b/a of Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.

Photo: PRNewsPhoto/CommutAir.

United Express-CommutAir slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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CommutAir to operate 40 Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets for United Airlines

CommutAir (Cleveland) has announced it has reached an agreement with United Airlines to significantly increase the number of airplanes flown under the United Express brand by adding Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet operations to the company’s existing fleet of Bombardier DHC-8 turbo-prop aircraft.  The agreement is subject to government approval.

CommutAir dba United Express

Also pursuant to this agreement, CommutAir will implement a “Career Path Program” (CPP) for participating pilots. The program offers pilots the option to transition from CommutAir to United after certain requirements are met, including various service, performance record and accumulated flight hours requirements.

Pursuant to the currently anticipated fleet plan, the first Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft is expected to enter service in April 2016, and the fleet size and routes flown will grow through the addition of 40 Embraer E145 aircraft. Employee recruiting and FAA processes are already underway.

CommutAir’s adoption of the CPP will be a special feature of the United Express agreement.

  • Will enable qualified pilot applicants to opt into the CPP at the time of joining CommutAir and then seamlessly move to United after the applicable requirements are met.
  • CommutAir’s planned growth will provide opportunities for promotions to Captain at CommutAir.

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is the d/b/a of Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s.  Today, CommutAir operates the world’s largest Q200/Q300 fleet with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.

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).

United Express-CommutAir: AG Slide Show

Current Route Map:

United Express-CommutAir 3.2014 Route Map

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).

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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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