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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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ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, takes delivery of its first of 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, this week took delivery of its first of 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft (N601UX) in a handover ceremony at the Embraer factory and delivery center in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

ExpressJet will take delivery of new E175s through the remainder of 2019. Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) will serve as the airline’s first E175 base, with a second base location to be announced soon.

ExpressJet Airlines’ first of 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft. (PRNewsfoto/ExpressJet Airlines)

To support its E175 fleet growth, ExpressJet is hiring more than 600 new pilots in 2019. Pilots who sign on with ExpressJet can expect a quick selection process, an immediate class date, and to bid for flying within three months. Pilots interested in signing on with ExpressJet should apply at expressjet.com/pilots or airlineapps.com.

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, Welcomes Australian pilots through E-3 visa program

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, today announced that it is welcoming Australian pilots to join in its growth by introducing a new E-3 Visa Program. The program allows Australian pilots to live in the U.S. while flying for ExpressJet. ExpressJet is hiring more than 600 pilots as it grows with 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft in 2019.

Pilots who participate in ExpressJet’s E-3 Program will complete training at the airline’s Houston, Texas, training complex, where the airline has its own E175 and ERJ145 full-motion flight simulators. Training is paid and single-occupancy hotel accommodations are provided.

After training, pilots will be based at one of ExpressJet’s five domiciles (Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; Houston, Texas; Newark, New Jersey) and may choose to live in base or the city of their choice by using flight and airline jumpseat privileges to travel to base.

E-3 Program pilots are eligible for ExpressJet’s $22,000 new-hire bonus and an additional $5,000bonus for an eligible type rating. In addition, pilots are eligible for ExpressJet’s health and wellness insurance plans and have access to travel privileges on United Airlines and other participating, global carriers. E-3 Program participants will also have access to a company liaison to help navigate their new careers in the U.S.

Australian pilots interested in flying for ExpressJet should apply at expressjet.com/apply or on airlineapps.com. After completing a video interview, ExpressJet will initiate the Visa application and cover costs related to the process as well as travel expenses to the U.S. Applicants can visit expressjet.com/pilots for complete qualifications and application requirements.

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.

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.

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