ExpressJet Airlines will operate 22 Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets under the United Express brand from May 2010.
UAL Corporation, the parent of United Airlines, says that ExpressJet’s United Express operations will begin on May 1, 2010 and will replace flying previously done by other United Express partner carriers whose contracts have expired. The replacement capacity is consistent with the 2010 capacity outlook that United provided in its third-quarter-earnings conference call, according to UAL.
Most of ExpressJet’s Embraer ERJ-145s are configured to seat 50 passengers. ExpressJet Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of ExpressJet Holdings, Inc., operates 246 ERJ-145s and longer-range ERJ-145s. It operates 214 aircraft for Continental Airlines under the Continental Express brand and will operate 22 of the remaining 32 for United Express. ExpressJet Airlines operates the remaining 10 aircraft on corporate charter work; while its Continental Express and United Express aircraft will all be in 50-seat configuration, some of the charter ERJ-145s are outfitted to seat 41 passengers.
“We have worked with ExpressJet previously for short-term flying contracts, and they provided our customers with exceptional service,” says Cindy Szadokierski, UAL’s vice president for airport operations planning and United Express. “ExpressJet offered us the most competitive bid, enabling us to continue to operate efficiently in this difficult environment.”
“We are pleased that our commitment to exceptional operational performance coupled with a highly competitive economic model provided ExpressJet the opportunity to offer replacement flying for United Airlines under a multi-year arrangement,” says Jim Ream, president and chief executive officer of ExpressJet.
ExpressJet Holdings operates several divisions, including ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. and ExpressJet Services, LLC. ExpressJet Airlines serves 130 scheduled destinations in North America and the Caribbean with approximately 1,100 departures per day. Operations include capacity-purchase agreements for United and Continental as well as providing clients with customized 41-seat and 50-seat charter options; and supplying third-party aviation and ground handling services. For more information, visit www.expressjet.com.
United Airlines operates approximately 3,300 flights a day on United and United Express to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C.