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United Airlines signs contract with Embraer for 20 E175s + 19 options

Embraer announced today, at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, that it has signed a contract with United Airlines for up to 39 E175s. The order comprises 20 firm aircraft and 19 options in a 70-seat configuration. The order has a value of $1.9 billion, based on Embraer’s current list prices, with all options being exercised. The firm order will be included on Embraer’s 2019 second-quarter backlog.

Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020. These aircraft will replace older 70-seat aircraft currently operated by United’s regional partners.

Including this new contract, Embraer has sold more than 585 E175s to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in this 70-76-seat jet segment. Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft up to 150 seats with more than 100 customers from all over the world. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,500 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 75 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

Photo: Embraer.

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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.

Air Wisconsin flight attendants say negotiations are at an impasse, ask government to impose deadline on talks

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) representing United Express carrier Air Wisconsin flight attendants has petitioned the National Mediation Board for a proffer of arbitration/release from mediation, which could start the clock for a potential flight attendant strike 30 days later.

“Enough! Flight Attendants are living in poverty while airlines are making billions off their backs,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “The aviation scam of the century is undervaluing Flight Attendants and other workers at regionals who provide the backbone service of mainline networks. The Air Wisconsin story is among the worst example of this with first year flight attendants making as little as $15,000 a year and others who have gone without a raise for 12 years are no longer able to keep up. Flight attendants have voted 99 percent to strike, if necessary, and today we are formally requesting a release from mediation to move these negotiations to conclusion. This is our number one contract fight.”

In a letter submitted to the National Mediation Board (NMB), AFA said it believes a proffer of arbitration and release from mediation is necessary to move the parties to agreement. The next step under the statute is a 30-day cooling-off period that ends with a strike deadline.

Today, Air Wisconsin flight attendants are demonstrating at Washington Dulles International Airport. They are joined by AFA union leaders, flight attendants from across the country and labor allies in the region.

“What happens at one airline, affects us all and Flight Attendants across the industry are standing with Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants for a fair contract,” Nelson stated.

 

Flight attendant negotiations at Air Wisconsin have been overseen by the National Mediation Board since 2017. In November 2018, Air Wisconsin flight attendants voted by 99 percent to authorize a strike. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System™. With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system, a single airport, or a single flight. The union decides when, where and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.

Air Wisconsin is a regional airline, headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin operating CRJ-200 regional jets. Air Wisconsin previously operated as an American Eagle regional air carrier. As of March 2018, Air Wisconsin operates exclusively as a United Express regional air carrier.

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Propeller Airports welcomes United Airlines back to Paine Field

First arrival at Paine Field, Everett, WA

Propeller Airports issued this statement:

Paine Field’s Passenger Terminal added to its commercial flight offerings on March 31 as United Airlines’ first passenger flight arrived from Denver and its first departure left for San Francisco. United’s launch comes just one month after Alaska Airlines inaugurated commercial service at the terminal, owned and operated by Propeller Airports under an innovative Public Private Partnership with Snohomish County.

Photos: Paine Field.

The new service will provide additional flexibility and options for Seattle-area travelers, with United offering four daily nonstops to San Francisco and two daily nonstops to Denver. This launch represents a homecoming for United – the first airline to operate a commercial flight from Paine Field when the airport opened nearly 80 years ago.

Sunday is also an opportunity for Propeller to celebrate its first month operating the new passenger terminal, on which the company finished construction in late 2018. Paine Field has seen strong passenger demand from day one and expects that to continue with the introduction of United’s service. From Paine Field, travelers are able to reach every major west coast city with easy connections to anywhere in the world.

To mark this special occasion, aviation legend Clay Lacy joined United Managing Director of West Coast Sales Marie Downey and Propeller CEO Brett Smith to cut the ribbon for United’s first departure to San Francisco. Clay Lacy began flying at the age of 12 and joined United in 1952 where he flew nine aircraft types including the DC-3, Boeing’s 727 and the iconic 747. Clay holds 29 world speed records, including a 36-hour, 54-minute, 15-second around-the-world record in 1988 flying a Boeing 747 that raised money for children’s charities. He has flown more than 300 aircraft types, logged more than 50,000 flight hours and has accumulated more miles flying jet aircraft than anyone on Earth. Clay retired from United with seniority No. 1 in 1992 after more than 41 years of incident-free flying.

“We are excited to offer our Seattle and Northwest Washington area customers with four daily flights to San Franciscoand two daily flights to Denver,” said United’s Managing Director of West Coast Sales, Marie Downey. “This new service from Paine Field will give our customers in Northern Seattle, Snohomish and Northern King County areas access to hundreds of destinations while making their travel experience more convenient.”

United’s entry to Paine Field is the latest in a wide array of partners to ramp up operations at the airport this month, including Uber, Lyft, Avis Rent A Car, Enterprise Holdings, and Beecher’s Cheese. Beecher’s, the exclusive concessions vendor, will be opening a full-service restaurant in the terminal later this year.

The new service is operated by SkyWest Airlines for United Airlines.

Top Copyright Photo: The first UA arrival at PAE. United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N103SY (msn 17000390) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946133.

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CommutAir’s N14171 skids off the runway at Presque Isle, ME

CommutAir Embraer ERJ 145 N14171 operating as United Express flight UA4933 on March 4 from Newark to Presque Isle, Maine slide off the right side of runway on landing. 28 passengers and three crew members were on board.

Photos: Crown of Maine.

CommutAir issued this short statement:

CommutAir flight 4933, operating as United Express, from Newark, New Jersey, to Presque Isle, Maine was involved in an incident upon landing at approximately 11:30 EDT on March 4. Please see below for our official statement.

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.

Embraer and SkyWest, Inc. sign contract for nine E175 jets

Embraer and SkyWest, Inc. have signed a firm order for nine E175 jets, with deliveries expected to begin in 2019. The order has a value of $422 million, based on current list prices, and was already included in Embraer’s 2018 fourth-quarter backlog. SkyWest Airlines will operate all nine E175s, featuring a 76-seat configuration.

“Since 2013, SkyWest has purchased a total of 158 E175s, including these nine, in order to expand their large existing fleet of Embraer aircraft,” said Charlie Hillis, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We are extremely proud of their ongoing support for the E-Jets program and the fact that the E175 continues to outperform in North America. Without a doubt, the E175 has become the backbone of the regional aviation market in the U.S.”

Including this new contract, Embraer has sold more than 565 E175s to airlines in North America, since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in this 70-76-seat jet segment.

SkyWest, Inc. is a premier regional airline company and the holding company of SkyWest Airlines. SkyWest holds a long history with Embraer as early customers for the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft.

Since entering revenue service, the E-Jets family has received more than 1,800 orders and over 1,500 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 70 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N403SY (msn 17000738) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945520.

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N403SY (msn 17000738) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945520.

Below Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N244SY (msn 17000588) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945470.

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N244SY (msn 17000588) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945470.

Bottom Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N151SY (msn 17000503) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945522.

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N151SY (msn 17000503) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945522.