Category Archives: ExpressJet Airlines

ExpressJet Airlines achieves Embraer 175 milestones: first aircrew program designee, first type-rated line p[ilot

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express Carrier, recently achieved two significant pilot training milestones for the April launch of its new Embraer E175 fleet. The airline is growing with 25 E175s and hiring more than 600 pilots in 2019.

Captain Pat Greene became ExpressJet’s first FAA-certified E175 Aircrew Program Designee (APD). With this designation, he may now certify other ExpressJet pilots on the fleet type. ExpressJet will have seven E175 APDs to support training efficiency and flexibility through its fleet growth.

In addition, Captain Jorge Rechani became ExpressJet’s first line pilot to earn an E175 type rating. He is among more than 250 ExpressJet line pilots who will be certified to fly the E175.

“We are proud of Captain Pat and Captain Jorge for representing the entire ExpressJet family well in achieving these milestones,” said Vice President of Flight Operations Greg Wooley. “And we greatlyappreciate the guidance of the FAA as we introduce the E175 at ExpressJet.”

To support hiring 600 pilots in 2019, ExpressJet is offering an increased pilot signing bonus of $22,000, plus an additional $5,000 with an eligible type rating. ExpressJet pilots enjoy top-tier compensation and quality of life and a career path to United Airlines. Pilots who sign on with ExpressJet can expect an immediate class date and to complete training and begin flying within three months.

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ExpressJet Airlines announces Houston as its first Embraer E175 crew base

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express regional carrier, announced Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as the first flight crew base for its new Embraer E175 fleet.

ExpressJet is growing with 25 new E175s in 2019 and will hire more than 600 pilots this year alone. ExpressJet pilots enjoy top-tier compensation, work rules and quality of life as well as a direct path to a flying career at United Airlines through the United Career Path Program. ExpressJet also recently increased its pilot signing bonus to $22,000, with an additional $5,000 for an eligible type rating.

ManaAir, LLC, completes the acquisition of ExpressJet Airlines

ManaAir, LLC, on January 22, 2019 announced the successful completion of its acquisition of ExpressJet Airlines. ExpressJet flies for United Airlines as a United Express carrier.

In 2019, ExpressJet will grow its fleet with 25 new dual-class Embraer E175 aircraft. The first delivery is scheduled for April.

In other news, ExpressJet Airlines today announced that it is increasing its pilot sign-on bonus to $22,000. Pilots with an eligible type rating will receive an additional $5,000. The increase makes ExpressJet pilots some of the most highly compensated among regional airline pilots.

ExpressJet plans to hire more than 600 pilots in 2019 as it adds 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft to its fleet and exercises options to grow its existing fleet of Embraer ERJ145 aircraft. Pilots who sign on with ExpressJet can expect an immediate class date and to complete training and begin flying within approximately three months.

The United Career Path Program allows ExpressJet pilots to secure a career with United while flying for ExpressJet. Since November 2016, over 250 ExpressJet pilots have progressed to United through the program.

ExpressJet hosts new-hire pilot training classes twice per month. After applying, pilots can be placed in class within as little as four business days.

All images by the airline.

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SkyWest, Inc. enters into an agreement to sell ExpressJet Airlines

United Express-ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N13949 (msn 145057) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 906356.

SkyWest, Inc. today announced that it is has entered into definitive agreements to sell ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. to ManaAir, LLC, a company in which United Airlines owns a minority interest.

The transaction is expected to close in early 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.

Consideration for the transaction includes approximately $70 million in cash for the majority of the assets and the assumption of liabilities of ExpressJet, subject to a working capital adjustment. The ExpressJet assets excluded from the transaction will be utilized or liquidated by SkyWest. The expected realizable value to SkyWest of the remaining inventory is estimated to approximate the value of the working capital adjustment. SkyWest will retain ownership of the CRJ aircraft currently in service at ExpressJet.

The transaction also includes certain protections around existing SkyWest Airlines flying, as well as priority position to add 25 new dual-cabin aircraft with United should those opportunities arise.

As part of the transaction, SkyWest has also agreed to lease 20 CRJ200s to ExpressJet for up to five years.

ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. operates a fleet of Bombardier and Embraer regional jet aircraft to more than 110 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

ExpressJet has nearly 70 years of flying history and was formed through multiple airline mergers and transformations that occurred during that time. Today, ExpressJet is headquartered in Atlanta and operates as American Eagle and United Express.

Starting in early 2019, ExpressJet will begin flying exclusively as United Express, with flight operations centered out of Houston, Chicago, Cleveland and Newark. ExpressJet currently flies the Bombardier CRJ200, CRJ700 and Embraer ERJ145 for United Express.

ExpressJet Fact Sheet

Crew domiciles

Chicago (ORD); Cleveland (CLE); Dallas (DFW); Houston (IAH); Knoxville (TYS); Newark (EWR)

Maintenance bases (including line stations)

Baton Rouge, La. (BTR); Chicago (ORD); Cleveland (CLE); Houston (IAH); Knoxville, Tenn. (TYS); Newark, N.J. (EWR); Richmond, Va. (RIC)

Airports currently served

111 airports in 36 U.S. states, District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico

Employees

3,000 (active)

Average number of daily scheduled departures

System: 493

Mainline Partners

American Airlines (ExpressJet operating as American Eagle)
United Airlines (ExpressJet operating as United Express)

Passengers carried in 2017

15.5 million

Total revenue passenger miles flown in 2017

7.6 billion

Total aircraft in operating fleet

126 Bombardier and Embraer Jet Aircraft

Aircraft

(11) 65-passenger Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets
(10) 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets
(105) 50-passenger Embraer ERJ145 regional jets

Our Values

Our core values guide us as we work to achieve our vision:

  • Putting safety first in everything we do.
  • Treating people with dignity and respect.
  • Operating with honesty, integrity and transparency in everything we do.
  • Working smart with commitment to continuous self improvement.
  • Taking pride in making sure the job is done right.

Top Copyright Photo: United Express-ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N13949 (msn 145057) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 906356.

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ExpressJet’s pilots approve a new contract, will fly Embraer 175s for United in 2019

Express Jet Airlines’ (Atlanta) pilots have approved a new labor contract. The pilots are represented by ALPA.

The new contract applies to United Express pilots, but it is contingent on United Airlines assigning at least 20 additional Embraer 175s to ExpressJet by January 2019.

The compensation details:

Crew bases and United Express routes:

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SkyWest, Inc. announces second quarter 2018 profit

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Net income of $76 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, up from $50 million or $0.95 per diluted share in Q2 2017
  • Pre-tax income of $98 million, up 21% from $81 million in Q2 2017
  • New agreement to operate 20 new CRJ900s for Delta Air Lines under a nine-year term, replacing 20 CRJ700s expiring from contract
  • New agreement to place 20 used CRJ700s with American Airlines under a four-year term
  • Three-year extension on 19 CRJ700s scheduled to expire in 2019/2020 with United Airlines
  • New agreement to place 20 internally-sourced CRJ200s under a three-year contract with United

SkyWest, Inc. has reported its financial and operating results for Q2 2018, including net income of $76 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, compared to net income of $50 million, or $0.95 per diluted share for Q2 2017.  Q2 2018 pre-tax income of $98 million increased 21% from Q2 2017 and was primarily due to SkyWest’s ongoing fleet transition.

Since Q2 2017, SkyWest added 23 new E175 aircraft and removed 34 CRJ700/CRJ900 aircraft and 32 CRJ200/ERJ145 aircraft.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said “We are focused on remaining disciplined in our execution of fleet solutions that meet the needs of our customers.  The agreements and extensions announced this quarter are expected to continue to improve our fleet mix in alignment with our overall fleet transition strategy. I appreciate the dedicated service our professionals consistently provide to our customers.”

Flying Agreement Announcements

Delta:

SkyWest Airlines, Inc. reached an agreement with Delta Air Lines to operate 20 new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft under a nine-year flying contract.  The aircraft will be acquired by Delta under a previously announced agreement with Bombardier and operated by SkyWest Airlines.  SkyWest Airlines anticipates placing the 20 CRJ900s into service beginning late 2018 through 2020. These aircraft will have the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin with a 70-seat, dual-class configuration and will replace 20 CRJ700s scheduled to expire under SkyWest’s flying contracts with Delta.

American:

SkyWest Airlines reached an agreement with American Airlines to place 20 used Bombardier CRJ700s under a four-year contract.  The 20 CRJ700s are expected to be sourced from within SkyWest’s fleet.  The first aircraft in this agreement was placed into service in June 2018 and all 20 aircraft are scheduled to be in service by early 2019.

United:

SkyWest Airlines reached an agreement with United Airlines to extend their existing flying contract on 19 Bombardier CRJ700s operated by SkyWest Airlines.  These aircraft previously had contract expirations scheduled for mid-2019/2020 and were extended for three years.

Separately, ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. reached an agreement with United to a three-year contract for 20 used CRJ200s.  The 20 CRJ200s are expected to be sourced from within SkyWest’s fleet through contract expirations with other partners scheduled for the second half of 2018.  The 20 CRJ200s are expected to be placed into service with United between the latter part of 2018 and early 2019.

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N479CA (msn 7675) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941704.

Above Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N479CA (msn 7675) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941704.

Financial Highlights
Revenue was $806 million in Q2 2018, up from $792 million in Q2 2017. The increase in revenue included the net impact of adding 23 new E175 aircraft and other economic improvements within SkyWest’s fleet mix since Q2 2017, partially offset by the removal of unprofitable or less-profitable aircraft over the same period.

Operating expenses were $679 million in Q2 2018, down from $685 million in Q2 2017.  The decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to the reduction in direct operating costs with the net removal of 43 aircraft from service.

The effective tax rate for Q2 2018 was 23% compared to 38% in Q2 2017.  The lower tax rate in Q2 2018 was primarily due to the reduced federal rate under the new tax law enacted in Q4 2017.

Operational Update
SkyWest Airlines took delivery of 14 new E175/E175 SC aircraft during Q2 2018.  The following summarizes the anticipated delivery dates for three E175 aircraft to be placed under contract with Alaska Airlines and 17 E175 SC aircraft to be placed under contract with Delta for the second half of 2018:

In-service

Scheduled E175/E175 SC

aircraft deliveries

Anticipated
in-service

June 30, 2018

Q3 2018

Q4 2018

Dec 31, 2018

Total E175/E175 SCs:

126

15

5

146

ExpressJet continued the previously-announced wind down of its flying agreement with Delta during the quarter.  At the end of Q2 2018, ExpressJet had 22 CRJ700s remaining in service under the Delta agreement.  ExpressJet continues to engage in discussions around the CRJ700s scheduled to come out of service with Delta later this year and remains positive with alternative opportunities to utilize these CRJ700 aircraft.

ExpressJet anticipates its flying contract with American for 12 CRJ700s scheduled to terminate in early 2019 will not be extended.  These aircraft are expected to be returned to the lessors following removal of service with American.

Operating Performance:

Flight completion rates at SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet for Q2 2018 and Q2 2017 were:

SkyWest Airlines

ExpressJet

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Q2 2018

Q2 2017

Adjusted Completion *

99.9%

99.9%

99.9%

99.9%

Raw Completion

98.9%

98.9%

98.8%

97.6%

* Adjusted Completion excludes weather cancellations. Raw Completion includes weather cancellations.

Capital and Liquidity

SkyWest had $649 million in cash and marketable securities at June 30, 2018, slightly up from March 31, 2018. During the second quarter of 2018, SkyWest:

  • Used $50 million toward the purchase of 14 E175 aircraft
  • Used $35 million for other capital investments, including spare engines and aircraft parts

Total debt at June 30, 2018 was $3.0 billion, up $193 million from March 31, 2018, which included debt issued for 14 E175 aircraft acquired during the quarter, partially offset by scheduled principal payments.

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United to add Newark – Presque Isle service

United Express-ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N13956 (msn 145078) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 908396.

United Airlines will add Newark – Presque Isle, ME service in July. Starting on July 1, 2018, ExpressJet Airlines will operate daily United Express service. The new route will be operated with Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: United Express-ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N13956 (msn 145078) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 908396.

United Express-Expressjet aircraft slide show: