Category Archives: ExpressJet Airlines

ExpressJet to relaunch operations as aha!

ExpressJet Airlines has announced its reboot with the launch of aha!, its “air-hotel-adventure” leisure brand.

Combining value-priced fares and nonstop flights, aha! will begin flying from its home base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on October 24, 2021 to eight cities across the western United States.

aha! has chosen cities that do not currently have nonstop service to Reno-Tahoe, giving travelers access to convenient one-to-two hour nonstop flights to a world-renowned destination offering casino resorts, unique dining and outdoor adventure. The nonstop flight eliminates the need for time consuming connections at crowded hubs or long drives giving travelers more time for adventure and less time traveling making short, spontaneous vacations possible.

Flights from Reno-Tahoe:

  • Pasco/Tri-Cities, Wash.                              24-Oct-21
  • Bakersfield, Calif.                                        25-Oct-21
  • Medford/Ashland, Ore.                             31-Oct-21
  • Eugene/Springfield, Ore.                           1-Nov-21
  • Ontario, Calif.                                               4-Nov-21
  • Redmond/Bend, Ore.                                 5-Nov-21
  • Eureka/Arcata, Calif.                                  9-Nov-21
  • Fresno/Yosemite, Calif.                              10-Nov-21

aha! will serve each community three times a week with 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 regional jets. In the coming months, aha! plans to reach more than 20 destinations, from Reno-Tahoe, in the western United States.

New aha! Brand Offers Travelers More Leisure Options

aha! is the “air-hotel-adventure” leisure brand of ExpressJet Airlines, designed for travelers to enjoy Reno-Tahoe’s regional bounty—including exciting casino resorts and live entertainment, a diverse art and dining scene, and the world-class ski-golf-outdoor activities around Lake Tahoe, North America’s largest alpine lake. Thrill seekers can also take in exciting shows and annual events including Burning Man, Hot August Nights, Reno Rodeo, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Barracuda Championship PGA TOUR event, National Championship Air Races, Great Reno Balloon Races, Lake Tahoe Snowfest, and more.

aha! is powered by ExpressJet Airlines, which has operated reliable air services to hundreds of smaller cities in the United States for 35 years.


ExpressJet is close to receiving its Part 121 AOC

ExpressJet Airlines made this announcement:

On August 24th, ExpressJet reached a major milestone by successfully demonstrating a flight under Part 121 for the FAA. After a few administrative items are completed, ExpressJet will receive full FAA approval to conduct revenue operations under its 121 certificate.

ExpressJet Airlines to restart operations in the third quarter

ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) made this announcement on social media about restarting operations:

ExpressJet Airlines Receives DOT Fitness Authority Plans Restart in Q3.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued its final fitness order allowing ExpressJet Airlines to restart commercial operations.

The airline is planning to restart operations in late September.

The airline continued:

ExpressJet Airlines has a 35-year history of superior service and performance and is the amalgamation of Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) and Continental Express, former subsidiaries of Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines respectively.

On July 30, 2021, The Department of Transportation (DOT)  issued its final fitness order allowing ExpressJet Airlines to restart commercial operations. ExpressJet stopped flying last year after the termination of its United Express operations. The passage of time required the company to seek DOT fitness recertification in order to “reboot.”  Note that ExpressJet has maintained its FAA flying authority as a Part 121 carrier.

ExpressJet expects to resume service within the quarter with a focus on cities, markets, and customers that have seen diminished air service as a result of airline consolidation and an industry trend towards larger aircraft. ExpressJet will leverage its 35-year history of having flown several hundred aircraft to most of America’s smaller airports and intends to provide high-quality, reliable, efficient point-to-point flying service in small and abandoned markets with unmet customer needs – avoiding needless overlap with the major airlines and “ultra-low-cost carriers.”

ExpressJet’s current aircraft fleet includes the 50 seat ERJ145 jet aircraft and our certificate qualifies us to fly the EMB 170/175/190, CRJ 200/700/900 and the ERJ135 at short notice.

ExpressJet is excited about the opportunity before it, and we will announce more detailed flying plans in the coming weeks.

The carrier was forced to halt operations on September 30, 2020 after United Airlines decided to consolidate its United Express Embraer ERJ 145 regional operations under CommutAir.

ExpressJet intends to release more details soon on its intended routes.

ExpressJet Airlines wants to return to scheduled operations with its own brand again

ExpressJet Airlines has filed with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to resume airline passenger operations under its own brand once again.

The airline, which was dropped by United Airlines as a United Express carrier on September 30, 2020, is  planning to resume service to small and medium-size destinations in the United States.

Operations would commence initially in May with two Embraer ERJ 145s as the fleet would grow to 12 aircraft by the same time next year.

ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N17169 (msn 145844) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 906069.

Above Copyright Photo: ExpressJet once operated scheduled flights under its own brand. ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N17169 (msn 145844) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 906069.

The company expressed its vision of the future:

ExpressJet Airlines has a 33-year history of superior service and performance and is the amalgamation of Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) and Continental Express, former subsidiaries of Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines. Our company is positioned to provide Scheduled Service or Charter flights to much of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

ExpressJet’s current aircraft fleet includes the 50 seat ERJ145 jet aircraft and our certificate qualifies us to also fly the EMB 170/175/190, CRJ 200/700/900 and the ERJ135.

ExpressJet’s plans for 2021 and beyond are to provide high-quality, reliable, efficient point-to-point flying to small and medium sized cities that have lost service in recent years as a result of U.S. airline industry consolidation and COVID-19 driven route reductions.

ExpressJet Airlines operates its last flight

ExpressJet Airlines operated its last revenue flight on September 30, 2020.

ExpressJet Airlines flight UA4001 from Memphis landed Wednesday, September 30 in Houston (Bush Intercontinental) around 1:30 p.m. as the last flight.

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The company issued this statement:

On July 30, 2020, United Airlines (UA) selected CommutAir as its sole ERJ145 operator, and asked ExpressJet Airlines to wind-down flying for UA by year end. After spending considerable time planning this wind-down, ExpressJet and United’s management teams decided that due to uncertain schedules from October to December, it would be best to accelerate the termination of all ExpressJet scheduled service flying, on behalf of United Express, on September 30, 2020.

The last route map:

United Express-ExpressJet Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

Reuters: United drops its relationship with ExpressJet Airlines

On July 30, 2020, it was announced that United decided to drop its contract with ExpressJet Airlines and consolidate all its United Express ERJ 145 routes with CommutAir.

From Reuters:

“United Airlines said on Thursday it has decided to drop its contract with ExpressJet, and consolidate all of its outsourced flying on 50-seat planes with regional rival CommutAir.

The decision could be a fatal blow to ExpressJet, which will begin to wind down its operations, according to a memo from Chief Executive Subodh Karnik to employees seen by Reuters.

Reuters reported United’s choice between the two carriers on Monday, after it saw a union letter to ExpressJet pilots warning that the choice could have a “dramatic impact” on the future of ExpressJet.

In a statement on Thursday, United said CommutAir will become its sole operator of Embraer SA ERJ 145 50-seat planes, under a transition that will take a number of months.

Chicago-based United has minority stakes in both ExpressJet and CommutAir, which bring passengers from smaller markets to destinations that United itself serves on larger jets.

United was ExpressJet’s sole client, which like other global airlines is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic that has decimated air travel demand.”

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Reuters: United tells two regional airlines it will continue its contract with just one

United Airlines has informed ExpressJet Airlines and CommutAir that it will drop its contract with one of them according to Reuters.

Both carriers fly Embraer ERJ 145s exclusively for United as United Express carriers. Whoever loses the contract will be hard pressed to replace the revenue.

Read the full report.

ExpressJet Airlines reaches new contract agreement with flight attendants

ExpressJet Airlines announced that a new four year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) went into effect on March 9, 2020, covering the airline’s Flight Attendants represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. The new agreement, implemented following the conclusion of an arbitration proceeding, includes wage increases for the Flight Attendants and combines two previously separate work groups into one seniority list and contract.

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ExpressJet Airlines to become world’s largest Embraer ERJ 145 operator; finalizing long-term extension with United Airlines

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, announced today it will add 36 Embraer ERJ145 aircraft to its United Express fleet, which will make ExpressJet the world’s largest operator of the 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft. The parties are working towards a long term extension of the ExpressJet Capacity Purchase Agreement.

(PRNewsfoto/ExpressJet Airlines)

The agreement will include:

  • The addition of 36 Embraer ERJ145 aircraft over the next 12 months, totaling more than 125 ERJ 145s in the fleet.
  • A multi-year extension of the company’s Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines.
  • A significant investment in a complete interior refresh of the ERJ 145 aircraft comprising new panels, new seats, LED lighting, and an industry-leading personal device entertainment system.

As part of the long-term commitment to the Embraer ERJ 145 and growth of the fleet, ExpressJet will announce additions to its crew bases and facilities at United hubs, including Denver, in the coming weeks.

As part of the agreement, ExpressJet will also phase out their small fleet of E175 aircraft to speed-up growth and become an efficient single-fleet airline.

Route Map:

United Express-ExpressJet Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

Mechanics for United Airlines regional carrier ExpressJet set to picket

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued this statement:

Mechanics at ExpressJet, a regional carrier for United Airlines, begin informational picketing at the company’s locations throughout the country on Tuesday, November 26. They want the public to know that after ten years of concessions they are no longer waiting for the airline to do the right thing, and it could cause the company’s service to suffer because more and more of them are quitting every day.

There is a known shortage of aviation mechanics. These dedicated professionals have stayed loyal to ExpressJet through thick and thin, but no more. The company is trying to take their retirement and use that to fund a paltry wage increase that leaves them thousands of dollars behind their peers in the regional industry. With no future talks scheduled many given up and are moving on. ExpressJet customers deserve to know the truth.