United Airlines is upping its weekend United Express service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport, Florida to a daily...

United Airlines is upping its weekend United Express service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport (PNS), Florida to a daily flight from November 4.

Tickets can now be booked for the new daily United Express service, which will be operated by ExpressJet Airlines with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets.

“Weekend service to Chicago began February 13, 2010 and our goal was to support expanded daily service. The weekend service was a success and it soon became a priority to allow for more efficient business travel and connections to major domestic and international commercial centers,” says Pensacola Mayor Mike Wiggins. “United’s expanded service will re-establish daily connectivity and access to one of the country’s most significant transportation hubs and Pensacola’s airport adds to the strength and significance of the Gulf Coast market.”

The schedule for the flights between Chicago and Pensacola (all times local) sees flight UA6994 departing ORD at 1:10 p.m. and reaching PNS at 3:29 p.m. The return flight, also numbered UA6994, is timed to leave PNS at 4:00 p.m. and arrive at ORD at 6:18 p.m.

ExpressJet operates a large fleet of 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets, most of which it flies for the Continental Express and United Express networks. However, the airline also makes some ERJ-145s available for corporate charters under ExpressJet's own name

In addition to serving Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport from Chicago O’Hare, United Airlines began twice-daily United Express round-trips between PNS and Washington Dulles International Airport in February.

American Eagle is also launching weekend service between Pensacola and Chicago O’Hare, on June 12. The American Airlines affiliate’s flights will operate on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information on services from Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport, visit www.flypensacola.com.

Coincidentally, on April 19, the same day that Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport announced the expansion of its United Express service to Chicago by means of the daily ExpressJet flight, the regional carrier’s parent company ExpressJet Holdings announced it had appointed Thomas Hanley as its new CEO.

A highly experienced commercial-aviation executive, Hanley’s past regional-airline experience include positions as director of the United Express network, overseeing a network of independent providers operating 2,000 daily departures; vice president of US Airways Express, US Airways’ regional-airline division, which includes four owned and nine independent airlines that together operate 2,400 daily departures; president of Republic Airlines, an Embraer EMB-170 operation being established as a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings; and chief executive officer of Shuttle America, then a Saab-340 regional airline operator, owned by Wexford Capital.