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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.

United Express-SkyWest aircraft slide show:

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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.

ManaAir, LLC, completes the acquisition of ExpressJet Airlines

ManaAir, LLC, on January 22, 2019 announced the successful completion of its acquisition of ExpressJet Airlines. ExpressJet flies for United Airlines as a United Express carrier.

In 2019, ExpressJet will grow its fleet with 25 new dual-class Embraer E175 aircraft. The first delivery is scheduled for April.

In other news, ExpressJet Airlines today announced that it is increasing its pilot sign-on bonus to $22,000. Pilots with an eligible type rating will receive an additional $5,000. The increase makes ExpressJet pilots some of the most highly compensated among regional airline pilots.

ExpressJet plans to hire more than 600 pilots in 2019 as it adds 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft to its fleet and exercises options to grow its existing fleet of Embraer ERJ145 aircraft. Pilots who sign on with ExpressJet can expect an immediate class date and to complete training and begin flying within approximately three months.

The United Career Path Program allows ExpressJet pilots to secure a career with United while flying for ExpressJet. Since November 2016, over 250 ExpressJet pilots have progressed to United through the program.

ExpressJet hosts new-hire pilot training classes twice per month. After applying, pilots can be placed in class within as little as four business days.

All images by the airline.

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United Airlines announces new daily service between Paine Field and Denver and San Francisco

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N139SY (msn 17000468) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 944561.

United Airlines today announced it will begin nonstop service between Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport and its hubs in Denver and San Francisco. Subject to government approval, United will operate two daily flights from Denver and four daily flights from San Francisco, beginning March 31, 2019.

United service to Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport

Flight #

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

Aircraft

5460

Denver

9:25 a.m.

Paine Field

11:30 a.m.

E175

5528

Denver

7:15 p.m.

Paine Field

9:22 p.m.

E175

5871

San Francisco

11:00 a.m.

Paine Field

1:24 p.m.

E175

5880

San Francisco

12:45 p.m.

Paine Field

2:07 p.m.

E175

5898

San Francisco

4:15 p.m.

Paine Field

6:39 p.m.

E175

5883

San Francisco

9:30 p.m.

Paine Field

11:54 p.m.

E175

United operates up to 40 daily flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and its U.S. hubs. North Seattle and Northwest Washington are among the fastest growing areas in the nation and United’s new service connects Paine Field to two of the airline’s largest hubs offering customers more opportunities to easily connect to hundreds of domestic destinations including California’s Central Coast, Colorado, Hawaii and New York City. United’s new service also offers customers more opportunities to conveniently connect to popular international destinations including Sydney, London, and Mexico City.

Top Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N139SY (msn 17000468) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 944561.

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Air Wisconsin flight attendants authorize a strike

Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today voted 99 percent to authorize a strike. Air Wisconsin provides regional air service for United Airlines.

“Enough is enough. Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants are ready to do whatever it takes to get a new contract. We have made every sacrifice to ensure the stability of the airline while management refuses to offer meaningful pay and work rule improvements. Higher pay, no more delay!” said Ernie Lazernick, AFA Air Wisconsin President.

Negotiations began in July 2016 and are overseen by the National Mediation Board. No future negotiations sessions have been scheduled at this time. Lack of progress could lead to the National Mediation Board (NMB) declaring that negotiations are deadlocked and releasing both parties into a 30-day “cooling off” period leading to a strike deadline. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System™. With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system or a single flight. The union decides when, where and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.

All images by Air Wisconsin.

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