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.
“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.”
Trans States Airlines management has told its employees it wind down and will cease all operations on December 31, 2020. The carrier which operates for United Airlines as an United Express carrier will slowly wind down its operations.
The holding company, Trans States Holdings, also operates Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines.
Trans States Airlines began as Resort Air in 1982. It operated just a handful of Metro II aircraft and carried just under 7,000 passengers during its first year of operation—tourists, primarily, between its headquarters in St. Louis and a popular lake two hours south of the city (hence the call sign “Waterski,” which Trans States still uses to this day).
However, things have changed a great deal since 1982. Since that time, Resort Air has evolved from a small boutique carrier into Trans States Airlines.
Trans States serves over 4.5 million passengers a year, with approximately 237 daily flights providing service to over 70 cities in North America. Trans States operates the Embraer 145 on behalf of American Airlines (as American Eagle) and United Airlines (as United Express). Headquartered in St. Louis, Trans States has crew domiciles in Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), St. Louis (STL), Raleigh- Durham (RDU), and Washington D.C. (IAD).
Trans States Airlines-United Express aircraft photo gallery:
ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, announced today it will add 36 Embraer ERJ145aircraft 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.
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.
United Express-ExpressJet Airlines aircraft photo gallery:
SkyWest, Inc. today announced an agreement with United Airlines to operate 25 Embraer E175 aircraft under a multi-year contract. These aircraft are scheduled to be placed into service ratably over a 12-month period beginning in the second quarter of 2020 through the first quarter of 2021. The aircraft are financed by United and are to be sourced from another United Express operator.
Commenting on the agreement, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said, “As their initial E175 launch partner, we are excited to become United’s largest E175 operator and the largest operator of the E175 aircraft in the United States. We are pleased to continue strengthening our United partnership through this new agreement.”
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United Express-SkyWest Airlines aircraft photo gallery:
GoJet Airlines today announced it is expanding its fleet of Bombardier CRJ550 aircraft with the addition of 20 new aircraft. The announcement follows GoJet’s 10-year agreement to operate 54 CRJ550 aircraft for United Airlines and will bring GoJet’s total CRJ550 fleet count to 74 by 2021.
The CRJ550 is the world’s only two-cabin 50-seat regional aircraft designed for business and leisure travelers who want true-first-class seating, Wi-Fi, more leg room and enough space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board. Since entering service in October 2019, the CRJ-550 has revolutionized the regional flying experience with enhancements unavailable on other regional jets.
The CRJ550 is a first-of-its-kind jet boasting a wide variety of premium amenities, including 10 seats in United First, 20 seats in Economy Plus, and 20 Economy seats; space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board; a self-serve refreshment center for United First customers with a wide assortment of snacks and beverages; more overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by a U.S. airline, and the ability to stay connected while in flight with United Wi-Fi. All aircraft will be equipped with in-seat power throughout the cabin in the coming months.
GoJet and United Airlines launched the first CRJ550 service from United’s Chicago O’Hare hub in October 2019 and recently began operating CRJ550 service from its hub at New York/Newark. This summer, the airline will begin operating CRJ550 aircraft from its Washington Dulles hub.
GoJet expects to start taking deliveries of these additional aircraft in the summer of 2020.
United Airlines has announced a new hourly shuttle service between Washington’s Reagan National Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. United will operate the world’s only two-cabin 50-seat regional aircraft – the Bombardier CRJ550 on most flights. The CRJ550 is designed for business and leisure travelers who want true-first-class seating, Wi-Fi, more leg room and enough space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board.
With this new shuttle service, United will now offer more travel opportunities between these two cities than any other airline in the world. Tickets for the 13 daily flights between Newark and Washington, D.C. will be available for purchase beginning January 18 and service starts on March 29.
The CRJ550 is a first-of-its-kind jet boasting a wide variety of premium amenities, including:
10 seats in United First, 20 seats in Economy Plus, and 20 Economy seats
Space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board.
A self-serve refreshment center for United First customers featuring a wide assortment of snacks and beverages.
More overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by a U.S. airline.
The ability to stay connected while in flight with United Wi-Fi.
United’s daily shuttle service between Newark-and D.C. starts March 29, 2020