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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, begins assigning crew members to Chicago E175 base

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, began assigning pilots to its Embraer E175 aircraft base of operations at Chicago O’HareInternational Airport, in advance of a January 1, 2020 open.

The E175 base will be in addition to ExpressJet’s existing ERJ145 pilot, flight attendant, and maintenance bases in Chicago.

This is ExpressJet’s second E175 base, after the first base opened at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

All photos by ExpressJet Airlines.

ExpressJet Airlines announces a new Chicago Embraer E175 crew base

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, announced that it will open a flight crew base at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to support its growing fleet of new Embraer E175 aircraft.

ExpressJet began flying E175s in June and will expand its fleet to include 25 of the aircraft by year-end. It currently has an E175 crew base at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

To support its rapid growth, ExpressJet is hiring more than 600 new pilots in 2019. ExpressJet pilots enjoy top 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. Pilots who sign on with ExpressJet can expect a quick selection process, an immediate class date, and to bid for flying within three months.

ExpressJet negotiations break down early as Teamsters file for mediation with the NMB

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued this statement:

ExpressJet  Airlines, a carrier in which United Airlines holds a 49 percent stake, sent a clear message to its aircraft mechanics this week by passing a regressive compensation proposal early in the negotiations process. In response the Teamsters Airline Division has asked the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees airline labor relations, for mediation assistance.

“Bargaining requires that the union and company try to move closer together, not further apart” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division.

The company’s offer came during negotiations that were held on June 25 and 26 in Atlanta. At the end of the first day the company presented a regressive offer that proposed less total compensation for ExpressJet mechanics than the previous offer, convincing Teamster negotiators that the parties needed government mediation assistance to reach an agreement.

“ExpressJet mechanics are paid about half of what United Airlines mechanics make even though they all pass the FAA’s difficult licensing requirements; this is because ExpressJet is considered a ‘regional’ airline in the United Airlines system,” said Bourne. “ExpressJet mechanics are not asking for the same wages as United Airlines mechanics, but they expect to be paid for their skill and experience in a market where there is increased demand and fewer licensed mechanics entering the field.”

The mechanics agreed to pay cuts in 2008 to avoid ExpressJet declaring bankruptcy. After bargaining for almost ten years with its mechanics over restoring their wages, in 2017 ExpressJet agreed in a one-year contract to bring back pay to 2008 levels. Contract talks opened again in 2019.

“Over half of our remaining mechanics are in a ‘wait and see’ posture, hoping the new ownership led by United Airlines will be a better bargaining partner than the former owner,” said Bourne. “Unfortunately the company’s first compensation offer was unrealistic and the second was even worse. It’s very disheartening to these mechanics, most of whom remain here with the expectation that the new owners will pay them what the market for mechanics demands.”

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, begins Embraer E175 service

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, on June 13, 2019 began service with its newest aircraft type – the Embraer E175.

The first flight, UA4042 departed Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

ExpressJet is adding 25 new E175s to its fleet in 2019. To date, the airline has taken delivery of four E175s and will continue adding new aircraft throughout the year. Additionally, ExpressJet recently expanded its crew training capabilities with the addition of an E175 full-motion flight simulator and a cabin door trainer at its Houston Training Complex.

To support its rapid growth, ExpressJet has hired more than 350 new pilots since the start of the year and will double that number by year end.

All photos by the airline.