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United Airlines starts to move into a new Chicago area headquarters

United Airlines (Chicago) is moving into headquarters. The first 280 United Airlines employees are moving into new offices as the company begins relocating its operations center in Elk Grove Village to its new location in Willis Tower. This is the first phase of the move of more than 2,500 people who currently work at the company’s Elk Grove facility.

United currently plans to occupy 12 floors at Willis Tower, three more floors than the company originally announced in August of 2009.

United has been Chicago’s “hometown airline” for more than 80 years and after the move to Willis Tower is complete, United expects to employ more than 13,000 people in the city.

United anticipates moving more than 1,000 employees into Willis Tower by year end, and expects that the remaining moves will occur over the next 18 months.

Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. The first Boeing 757 in the new (old) colors is this 757-224 N29124 (msn 27565) pictured at the Houston hub.

Atlas Air starts the “Houston Express”

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (New York-JFK) announced today (June 2) that its Atlas Air unit has launched new outsourced premium passenger private charter service on behalf of the United States-Africa Energy Association (USAEA). The service, known as the “Houston Express,” has been made possible by a commercial arrangement with USAEA’s agent, SonAir-Serviço Aéreo, S.A. (SonAir), an Angolan company.

Beginning this week, Atlas Air is operating three weekly nonstop flights between George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Luanda, Angola. The newly customized Boeing 747-400 aircraft, provided by SonAir’s parent company, feature 10 First Class, 143 Business Class and 36 Economy Class seats with the latest in-flight entertainment and comfort.

Not available to the public, the service provides USAEA members with a premium, nonstop link to support long-term energy projects in West Africa.

The flights depart Houston on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the 14-hour, 20 minute eastbound journey, returning from Luanda on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a flight time of 15:05.

The first round-trip flight arrived in Houston today – constituting the first Atlas-operated aircraft carrying passengers.

Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. Atlas Air’s Boeing 747-481 N263SG (msn 29263) is pictured on the ramp at Houston (Bush Intercontinental).

ExpressJet Holdings loses $16.1 million in the first quarter

ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. (Houston-Bush Intercontinental), parent company of regional and charter airline operator, ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., today reported a first quarter loss of $16.1 million or $0.93 per share. Excluding special items, ExpressJet’s loss totaled $12.7 million or $0.73 per share.

Under its capacity purchase agreement with Continental Airlines, ExpressJet flew 162,823 block hours using an average of 208 aircraft. The year-over-year improvement in block hours led to ExpressJet utilizing each aircraft an average of 8 hours and 41 minutes per day-a 6.2% year-over-year improvement. In first quarter 2010, ExpressJet generated 1.9 million revenue passenger miles on 2.5 million available seat miles, producing a load factor of 76% within its Continental Express operation.

ExpressJet continued the expansion phase of its United Express operation, where it flew an average of 16 aircraft during the first quarter. The United Express operation produced 14,432 block hours or average daily utilization of 9 hours and 54 minutes per day. Within the United Express operation, ExpressJet flew 197,244 available seat miles, generating 138,832 revenue passenger miles and a load factor of 70.4%. Currently, ExpressJet operates 22 aircraft in its United Express operation and expects to add 10 additional aircraft on May 1, 2010.

ExpressJet flew 3,027 block hours during the first quarter with an average of 20 aircraft, 6.3% less than first quarter 2009 when 30 aircraft were allocated to ExpressJet’s Corporate Aviation (charter) fleet. With the addition of United Express flying, ExpressJet expects to operate only six 50-seat aircraft within the Corporate Aviation (charter) division for the remainder of 2010. ExpressJet expects the resizing of the Corporate Aviation (charter) fleet will enhance the revenue production per charter aircraft on a go-forward basis.

ExpressJet operated a total of 244 aircraft during first quarter and expects its 2010 fleet plan from May to December 2010 to consist of 244 fifty-seat aircraft allocated as follows:

206 aircraft flying as Continental Express;
32 aircraft flying as United Express; and
6 aircraft flying within Corporate Aviation (charter).

Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N11544 (msn 145557) has now been painted in full United Express colors.

Atlas Air to start the “Houston Express” on May 3

Atlas Air (New York-JFK) will start the “Houston Express” on May 3.

Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. Boeing 747-481 N263SG (msn 29263) is now based at Houston (Bush Intercontinental).

Continental Airlines’ new CEO Jeff Smisek tries to make the company profitable

Continental Airlines’ (Houston) new CEO (since January) Jeff Smisek is trying to make his company profitable again. He is making some significant changes.

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Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. CO put the first Boeing 737-700 painted in the Star Alliance livery into revenue service yesterday. 737-724 N13720 (msn 28939) prepares to taxi to the runway bound for New Orleans.

Chautauqua Airlines to phase out the seven CRJ200s operated for Continental Airlines

Chautauqua Airlines (Continental Airlines) (Indianapolis) through its parent Republic Airways Holdings has decided to return its seven Bombardier CRJ200s (CL-600-2B19s) to the lessors and will be phased out from the fleet. The seven aircraft are currently being operated for Continental Airlines as a Continental Express carrier.

Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N701BR (msn 7448) poses for the camera on the ramp at Houston (Bush Intercontinental).