Category Archives: United Express

United realigns its East Coast regional network due to a regional pilot shortage

United Airlines is being forced to realign its East Coast United Express services due to an on-going regional pilot shortage made worst by COVID.

According to Skift Airline Weekly and The Points Guy, United is dropping 11 regional routes in March 2022 from the Washington Dulles hub (IAD) while others will be shifted to the Newark hub (EWR). No markets will be completely dropped as some routes to the Chicago O’Hare (ORD) or Newark (EWR) will continue.

Routes dropped from IAD:

Akron/Canton (continues from ORD)

Asheville (continues from EWR)

Bangor (continues from EWR)

Erie (continues from ORD)

Grand Rapids (continues from EWR)

Greensboro (continues from EWR)

Greenville/Spartanburg (continues from EWR)

Harrisburg (shifted to EWR)

Ithaca (shifted to EWR)

Milwaukee (continues from EWR)

Philadelphia (shifted to EWR)

Scranton/Wilkes Barre (shifted to EWR)

State College, PA (shifted to EWR)

Wilmington, NC (continues from EWR)

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Previously United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby announced at a Senate hearing its United Express partners had grounded over 100 regional aircraft due to the on-going pilot shortage.

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United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby says 100 of its regional jets are grounded due to a pilot shortage

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby (and other airline CEOs) said during a Senate hearing that 100 of its regional jets are grounded because of a national pilot shortage.

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United to end service to regional destinations in January

United Airlines is reviewing its domestic network as a result of COVID-19 traffic disruptions.

United will end United Express service to these stations in January 2022 due to low demand:

College Station, TX

Colombia, MO

Evansville, IN

Kalamazoo, MI

Killeen, TX

Lansing, MI

Monroe, LA

Pierre, SD

Watertown, SD

Wausau, WI

Other stations could also be eliminated.

United to launch hourly shuttle service between Newark and Washington Reagan National Airport on Oct. 31

United Airlines is making travel between New York City and Washington D.C. easier and more convenient, announcing today it will launch new nearly hourly shuttle service between New York/Newark Liberty International Airport and Reagan National Airport on Oct. 31, and is adding five new flights between LaGuardia Airport and Washington Dulles Airport. In total, United will operate about 32 flights each day between the NYC and D.C. areas, a 78% increase and the most flights of any other airline.

United Airlines is also giving all of its New York City customers an upgrade: starting October 31, all of the airline’s departures from Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport will include a first-class option, including the 737 MAX-8 and the CRJ550 – the world’s first 50-seat regional jet with first-class seats and amenities. United will now offer over 7,000 premium seats to customers in New York City, more than any other airline, and the most in the airline’s history.

United’s CRJ550 is the world’s first 50-seat regional aircraft designed to offer first class seats and amenities. Originally designed to seat 70 plus passengers, United’s CRJ-550 configuration maximizes customer comfort and has revolutionized the regional flying experience with features like:

  • 10 seats in United FirstSM, 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 pre-packaged 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 inflight with United Wi-Fi.
  • Complimentary personal device entertainment service, which enables passengers to view hundreds of movies and television shows in flight.

United is giving customers more choice than ever before when selecting their preferred onboard experience and providing MileagePlus® members more opportunity for upgrades. United will be flying its new 737-MAX-8 on 22 daily flights from the NYC-area. Featuring 16 United First seats and 54 Economy Plus seats – more than double the number of extra leg room seats offered by competing airlines on similar-sized aircraft. Customers have the opportunity to enjoy seatback entertainment in every seat, Bluetooth connectivity, larger overhead bins, and the industry’s fastest available Wi-Fi elevating the flying experience to a new standard.

United’s new shuttle service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Reagan National Airport will operate seven days a week, with 18 flights offering nearly hourly service between 6AM and 10PM, more frequency than any other airline.

The airline will also operate five daily flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Washington Dulles Airport. The new flights between LaGuardia Airport and Washington Dulles Airport will bring the daily flight count to nine and provide consistent service seven days a week between 6 AM and 10 PM.

United and SkyWest to drop Tallahassee, Florida

United Airlines’ partner SkyWest Airlines operating as a United Express carrier will discontinue service to various markets, including Tallahassee, after October 1, 2021.

United to pull out of Paine Field on October 5

Delivered on November 8, 2019

United Airlines has announced it will suspend the Denver – Everett (Paine Field) route on October 5. This was the only United Express route operated to PAE. It previously operated a route from PAE to the San Francisco hub.

PAE United Express flights are operated for United Airlines by SkyWest Airlines.

Alaska Airlines continues to operate out of Paine Field.

Top Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LL (ERJ 175) N620UX (msn 17000824) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 953003.

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United to acquire 100 electric 19-seat ES-19 airliners from Heart Aerospace

United Airlines Ventures (UAV) has announced it, along with Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) and Mesa Airlines, has invested in electric aircraft startup Heart Aerospace.

Heart Aerospace is developing the ES-19, a 19-seat electric aircraft that has the potential to fly customers up to 250 miles before the end of this decade. In addition to UAV’s investment, United Airlines has conditionally agreed to purchase 100 ES-19 aircraft, once the aircraft meet United’s safety, business and operating requirements.

 

 

Mesa Airlines, United’s key strategic partner in bringing electric aircraft into commercial service, has also agreed to add 100 ES-19 aircraft to its fleet, subject to similar requirements.

UAV is building a portfolio of companies that focus on innovative sustainability concepts and create the technologies and products necessary to build a carbon-neutral airline and reach United’s net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goals. With this new agreement, United is deepening its bold commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2050 without relying on traditional carbon offsets, as well as enabling the growth of Heart Aerospace and participating in the development of aircraft that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from flying.

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UAV and BEV are among the first investors in Heart Aerospace, demonstrating confidence in Heart’s design and creating potential for Heart to fast track the ES-19 introduction to market as early as 2026.

By utilizing electric motors instead of jet engines, and batteries instead of jet fuel, Heart’s ES-19 aircraft will have zero operational emissions. Seating 19 passengers, the ES-19 aircraft will also be larger than any of its all-electric competitors and will be designed to operate on the same types of batteries used in electric cars.  Once operational, the ES-19 could operate on more than 100 of United’s regional routes out of most of its hubs. Some of these routes include Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Purdue University Airport (LAF) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Modesto City-County Airport (MOD).

Once operational, Heart’s ES-19 could give customers access to the convenience of flight without contributing to carbon emissions that cause climate change.

 

United Airlines to resume service at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in June 2021

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has announced the resumption of service to Washington, D.C., on United Airlines beginning in June. United will operate two daily flights, starting June 3, 2021, between Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). This will increase to three daily flights in July.

The flights in June are scheduled to depart Manchester at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Returning flights from Washington, D.C., to Manchester are scheduled to depart at 10:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

In July, United will increase to three daily flights from MHT to IAD. Departing flights from Manchester will leave at 8 a.m.2:30 p.m. and 7:36 p.m., and returning flights from IAD will depart Washington, D.C., at 10:55 a.m.5:20 p.m. and 10:05 p.m.

All flights will be on United’sBombardier CRJ200s, 50-seat regional jets operated by Air Wisconsin.

United to add 26 new nonstop routes to popular vacation destinations, will also resume 20 domestic routes

United Airlines has made this announcement:

As more travelers begin to plan long-awaited getaways with family and friends, United Airlines is kicking off summer vacation season with a robust May schedule that includes the addition of 26 new nonstop routes between Midwest cities such as ClevelandCincinnati and Milwaukee and popular vacation destinations such as Hilton Head, S.C.; Pensacola, Fla.; and Portland, Maine. The airline also plans to resume more than 20 domestic routes and will start new service between Orange County, Calif., and Honolulu.

Internationally, in May United will fly more than 100% of its pre-pandemic schedule to Latin America compared to what it operated in 2019, including more flights to Mexico, the CaribbeanCentral America and South America. The airline also plans to resume flights between Chicago and Tokyo Haneda, resume passenger flights between Newark and Milan and Rome, and restart service between Chicago and Amsterdam.

In total, United plans to operate 52% of its overall schedule compared to May 2019, whereas in May 2020 United operated 14% of its overall schedule compared to May 2019.

“In the past few weeks, we have seen the strongest flight bookings since the start of the pandemic,” said Ankit Gupta, vice president of United’s domestic network planning and scheduling. “As we rebuild our schedule to meet that demand, adding in seasonal point-to-point flying is just one of the ways we are finding opportunities to add new and exciting service. And as we have done throughout the entire pandemic, we will continue being nimble and strategic with our network to add the right service to the destinations our customers want to visit.”

Domestic May Schedule

Starting May 27, United will begin point-to-point service to Charleston, S.C.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.Pensacola, Fla. and Portland, Maine from seven cities including ClevelandCincinnati and Columbus, OhioSt. Louis, Mo.Pittsburgh, Pa.Milwaukee, Wis. and Indianapolis, Ind. United plans to operate these point-to-point routes through Labor Day weekend. Most customers on these flights will experience United’s new Bombardier CRJ550 – the world’s first 50-seater aircraft with two cabins. The spacious CRJ550 is equipped with 10 first class seats, 20 Economy Plus seats, 20 standard economy seats, Wi-Fi, more legroom and enough overhead bin space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board.

United also continues to be a leading airline to Hawaii, offering more than 200 weekly flights, including new service between Orange County and Honolulu. In May, United will begin offering United Premium Plus® service on select Hawaii routes, which includes a bigger, more comfortable seat and a complimentary meal. United Premium Plus will be available for customers traveling to Honolulu and Maui from Chicago and Denver and will be expanded in June to flights between Chicago and Kona, Houston and Honolulu, and New York/Newark and Maui. United allows customers with valid negative COVID-19 tests to pre-clear before departing to Hawaii so they can save time and skip document screening lines upon arrival in the islands.

In addition to the new point-to-point service, United will resume 20 domestic flights to popular destinations and introduce three new domestic routes. This new nonstop service includes flights between Houston and Kalispell, Mont.Washington, D.C. and Bozeman, Mont.; and between Chicago and Nantucket, Mass. Overall, United plans to operate 58% of its domestic schedule compared to May 2019.

International May Schedule

United will fly 46% of its international schedule compared to its May 2019 schedule. As customers continue to travel to warm beach destinations, United will operate more flights to Mexico, the CaribbeanCentral America and South America than the carrier flew in 2019, providing more options to travel to Central America than any other U.S. carrier. Across the Pacific, United will resume flights between Chicago and Tokyo’s Haneda airport and increase service from Los Angeles to Sydney and Tokyo Narita. Across the Atlantic, United will resume service between Newark and Milan and Rome as well as between Chicago and AmsterdamMunich and Tel Aviv.

New Summer Point-to-Point Frequencies

Service from Cleveland to:

Destination

Frequency

Charleston, S.C.

3x weekly

Hilton Head, S.C.

3x weekly

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

3x weekly

Pensacola, Fla.

3x weekly

Portland, Maine

3x weekly

Service from Cincinnati to:

Charleston, S.C.

3x weekly

Hilton Head, S.C.

3x weekly

Pensacola, Fla.

3x weekly

Portland, Maine

3x weekly

Service from Columbus to:

Charleston, S.C.

4x weekly

Hilton Head, S.C.

3x weekly

Portland, Maine

4x weekly

Service from Indianapolis to:

Charleston, S.C.

3x weekly

Hilton Head, S.C.

4x weekly

Portland, Maine

4x weekly

Service from Milwaukee to:

Charleston, S.C.

2x weekly

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

2x weekly

Pensacola, Fla.

2x weekly

Portland, Maine

2x weekly

Savannah, Ga.

2x weekly

Service from St. Louis to:

Hilton Head, S.C.

3x weekly

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

3x weekly

Service from Pittsburgh to:

Charleston, S.C.

3x weekly

Hilton Head, S.C.

3x weekly

Pensacola, Fla.

3x weekly

Portland, Maine

3x weekly

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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