Category Archives: United Express

United to add Chicago O’Hare – Bismarck United Express service

United Express-Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N21130 (msn 14500704) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929955.

United Airlines (Chicago) on June 7, 2018 will add United Express service linking the Chicago (O’Hare) hub with Bismarck, ND.

The new twice-daily route will be operated by Trans States Airlines according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: United Express-Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N21130 (msn 14500704) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929955.

United Express-Trans States aircraft slide show:

Trans States Airlines Route Map:

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CommutAir becomes all-jet, phases out its last DHC-8-200 Dash 8

United Express-CommutAir Bombardier DHC-8-202 (Q200) N363PH (msn 520) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 909271.

CommutAir operated their last scheduled turboprop flights on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

The final United Express turboprop flight, operated by CommutAir, operated on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Flight UA 4909 departed from Syracuse, New York (SYR) at 7:30 p.m. and arrived at Washington (Dulles) (IAD) at 8:45 p.m. with the pictured N363PH (top).

On Monday, the Dash 8s were replaced with Embraer 145 regional jets.

 

CommutAir operated 16 37-seat DHC-8-200 Dash 8s and five 50-seat DHC-8-300 Dash 8s.

The DHC-8-300 were previously retired on September 5, 2017.

In August 2017, CommutAir and United announced plans to replace the Dash 8s with 21 Embraer 145 regional jets.

The Embraer fleet has already grown to 23 and could expand to 60.

CommutAir operates to 20 + cities in the midwest, and northeast.

Albany, NY Lexington, KY
Buffalo, NY Manchester, NH
Burlington, VT Milwaukee, WI
Charleston, SC Norfolk, VA
Cleveland, OH Portland, ME
Columbus, OH Providence, RI
Fayetteville, NC Richmond, VA
Grand Rapids, MI Rochester, NY
Greensboro, NC Savannah, GA
Greenville / Spartanburg, SC St. Louis, MO
Harrisburg, PA Syracuse, NY
Hartford, CT Washington, DC
Indianapolis, IN
Ithaca, NY
Jacksonville, FL

 

Cape Air (Hyannis) operates three turboprops for United Express on local routes from Guam.

These three aircraft are now the last turboporps to be operated in United colors.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by CommutAir): United Express-CommutAir Bombardier DHC-8-202 (Q200) N363PH (msn 520) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 909271.

United Express-CommutAir aircraft slide show:

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Air Wisconsin to fly exclusively under the United Express livery by March 2018

American Eagle-Air Wisconsin Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N444ZW (msn 7788) DCA (Jay Selman). Image: 403522.

Air Wisconsin Airlines (Appleton, WI) is phasing down its contract as an American Eagle operator.

Air Wisconsin Airlines, founded in 1965, operates nearly 350 departures per day system-wide to 26 states and 3 Canadian provinces with American Airlines and United Airlines, serving nearly 6 million passengers per year.

Air Wisconsin will be exclusively flying under the United Express livery by March of 2018.

The fleet is actively being repainted into United Express colors.

On March 1, 2017, Air Wisconsin announced a new agreement with United Airlines to once again operate under the United Express banner.

Air Wisconsin became an American Eagle operator when US Airways was merged into American. Air Wisconsin had previously been an US Airways Express operator. The American contract is due to expire in March 2018.

The remaining American Eagle routes radiate from the Philadelphia hub. They will all be gone by March 2018.

Meanwhile the expanding United Express routes radiate from the Washington (Dulles) and Chicago (O’Hare) UA Hubs.

Air Wisconsin is reestablishing a familiar route this summer. Starting this summer on June 8, 2018 Air Wisconsin will operate a nonstop flight from Appleton to Denver for United Airlines.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Wisconsin): American Eagle-Air Wisconsin Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N444ZW (msn 7788) DCA (Jay Selman). Image: 403522.

American Eagle-Air Wisconsin aircraft slide show:

United Express-Air Wisconsin aircraft slide show:

 

 

United to add new domestic routes for the summer

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N122SY (msn 17000431) RDU (Ken Petersen). Image: 935116.

United Airlines is adding eight domestic routes in June for the summer season:

Chicago O’Hare – Salina – 6 flights a week effective April 9, 2018 with SkyWest CRJ200s
Denver – Appleton – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with Air Wisconsin CRJ200s
Denver – Norfolk – daily mainline flights effective June 7, 2018 with Airbus A319s
Houston (Bush Intercontinental) – Akron/Canton – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with ExpressJet ERJ 145s
Houston (Bush Intercontinental) – Dayton – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with ExpressJet ERJ 145s
Los Angeles – Eureka – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with SkyWest CRJ200s
Newark – Rapid City – weekly flights effective June 17 through September 14, 2018 with Republic Airlines ERJ 175s
San Francisco – Madison – daily flights effective June 7, 2018 with SkyWest ERJ 175s (above)

The airline confirmed the new destinations with this announcement:

United Airlines (UAL) on January 8, 2018 announced it will begin new service between six of its domestic hubs and eight destinations in California, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The new flights, starting June 7, offer customers hundreds of connection opportunities across United’s world-class domestic and international route network.

New year round service

Hub

New Destination

Frequency

Begins

Aircraft

Chicago (ORD)

Bismarck, ND (BIS)

2 flights daily

June 7

ERJ

Denver (DEN)

Appleton, WI (ATW)

Daily

June 7

CRJ

Denver (DEN)

Norfolk, VA (ORF)

Daily

June 7

A319

Houston (IAH)

Akron/Canton, OH (CAK)

Daily

June 7

ERJ

Houston (IAH)

Dayton, OH (DAY)

Daily

June 7

ERJ

Los Angeles (LAX)

Eureka, CA (ACV)

Daily

June 7

CRJ

San Francisco (SFO)

Madison, WI (MSN)

Daily

June 7

E175

New summer service to Rapid City, South Dakota

In addition to the new year round services, United announced it will offer the only nonstop flight between New York and Rapid City, South Dakota. Beginning June 23, United will start summer service between New York/Newark and Rapid City, making it easier for customers to access popular outdoor destinations including Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park. United’s Saturday-only service between New York/Newark and Rapid City will operate with Embraer E175 aircraft and will depart New York/Newark at 10:00 a.m. and arrive in Rapid City at 12:05 p.m.

Enhancing operations in Chicago

In February, United will begin operating its newly enhanced bank structure at O’Hare International Airport to shorten connection times and provide better access to more destinations for customers connecting through the carrier’s Chicago hub. This operations enhancement, already in place at United’s Houston hub, will enable United to greatly improve connectivity throughout its industry-leading global route network.

Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N122SY (msn 17000431) RDU (Ken Petersen). Image: 935116.) RDU (Ken Petersen). Image: 935116.

United Express/SkyWest aircraft slide show:

SkyWest Airlines to bring United Express jet service to Shenandoah Valley and Greenbrier Valley on April 3, 2018

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2010 (Continental Airlines 1991)

SkyWest Airlines has announced daily United Express jet service from Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD) starting on April 3, 2018.

The company has also announced daily United Express jet service from Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD) beginning also on April 3, 2018.

Flight will be operated on Canadair (Bombardier) CRJ200 regional jets.

Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N973SW (msn 7949) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 922371.

Route Map: United Express routes operated by SkyWest Airlines:

United is bringing United Express service to Wilmington, NC

United Express-Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N21130 (msn 14500704) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929955.

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is thrilled to welcome United Airlines to Wilmington, North Carolina.  United Airlines will add two new nonstop routes between ILM and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and between ILM and Dulles/Washington DC area (IAD).  The new daily nonstop flights will begin April 9, 2018.

The new daily flights to both hubs will be operated by Trans States Airlines.

Copyright Photo: United Express-Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N21130 (msn 14500704) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929955.
 

CommutAir to add 21 Embraer ERJ 145s, will retire the Dash 8s by January 2018

All DHC-8 Dash 8s to be replaced with ERJ 145s by January 2018

CommutAir (Burlington, VT) has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Airlines to add 21 Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft to its existing contract to fly 40 jet aircraft under the United Express brand.

These jets will replace Bombardier the Dash 8 turboprop aircraft with planned retirements by January 2018.

Under the MOU, CommutAir plans to:

  • Accelerate the retirement of its 21 Bombardier DHC-8 Dash 8’s – with the final exit in January 2018
  • Continue accepting Embraer ERJ145 aircraft through 2019 until 61 jets have been inducted
  • Offer an improved and attractive hiring incentive program for pilots

“We are gratified by United’s renewed vote of confidence in CommutAir’s dedicated employees,” said Subodh Karnik, CommutAir’s President & CEO.  “This development will allow us to triple in size by 2019, provide tremendous career-growth opportunities for our employees, and help us pursue our Vision of ‘becoming United’s regional airline partner of choice’.”

This development follows the 2016 agreement between United Airlines and CommutAir, which resulted in:

  • United’s purchase of a 40 percent ownership stake in CommutAir stock, as part of a comprehensive recapitalization
  • A new Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) to double CommutAir’s fleet with 40 ERJ145 aircraft
  • United’s first, and most expansive, Career Path Program (CPP) to provide CommutAir pilots with a gateway to a United flight deck in as quickly as a year

“Our growing team of 800 plus aviation professionals embrace our family environment and can-do culture and were the driving force behind the successful launch of the Embraer ERJ145 in 2016 – which was faster than the three other operators who undertook similar efforts last year,” said Joel Raymond, Chief Operating Officer.  “Accelerating Dash-8 retirements and continuing to grow the Embraer ERJ145 fleet will afford our pilots and other employees with leading regional airline industry career advancement opportunities.”

As part of its growth plan, CommutAir announced a significant improvement to its Pilot sign-on bonus program and further enhancements to its Career Path Program.

Copyright Photo: United Express-CommutAir Bombardier DHC-8-311 (Q300) N838CA (msn 527) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 909675.