The State College and Topeka flights will begin on January 7, 2014, and the Elmira service will begin on February 13, 2014.

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SkyWest, Inc. has placed a firm order for 40 Embraer 175 aircraft, which one or both of its subsidiary regional carriers will operate for the United Express network. Additionally, SkyWest has agreed a reconfirmable order for another 60 Embraer 175s and has also taken options on another 100 Embraer 175s, taking its total potential order up to 200.

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United is planning new flights to Latin America from Chicago and Washington, D.C. The carrier is also planning to launch new services to Canada from Denver, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as additional domestic routes from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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The deal represents the largest and most prestigious order yet for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet family, coming as it does from the world’s largest regional airline holding company.

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American Airlines plans to launch service to new markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2013. On February 14, American will also add four new domestic routes, through its regional-airline affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet.

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SkyWest, Inc. has reached agreement with Delta Air Lines on a deal which provides SkyWest with 34 more dual-class regional jets and calls for early termination of its Delta Connection operating contracts for 66 single-class Bombardier CRJ200s.

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The agreement contemplates that Mitsubishi Aircraft would begin delivery of the MRJs during 2017 and all 100 MRJs would be delivered before the end of 2020. SkyWest has not yet announced if its planned 100-aircraft order specifies the 70-seat MRJ70, the MRJ90, or both versions.

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United Airlines is planning to launch daily non-stop United Express service linking its Denver hub with Shreveport in Louisiana and Grand Forks in North Dakota. In addition, United Airlines will expand its existing summer service between Denver and Anchorage to year-round flights.

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From December 31 the combined airline will operate solely as ExpressJet Airlines and will be the largest regional airline in the world, with more than 400 aircraft operating 2,350 flights each day.

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As a result of a merger transaction, ExpressJet Holdings has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest.

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Should the merger be concluded, SkyWest, Inc. will own airlines that operate just under 700 aircraft – all but 48 of them jets – and SkyWest will be by far the biggest regional airline group in the world.

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Through its regional-airline partner ExpressJet Airlines, Continental Airlines has begun twice-weekly flights between its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, Continental’s 30th Mexican destination.

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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 flight from November 4. The service will be operated by ExpressJet with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets.

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ExpressJet Holdings’ final agreement with United Airlines for ExpressJet Airlines to operate Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets on United Express service has added 10 aircraft to the 22 ERJ-145s that United originally agreed with ExpressJet on November 16, 2009.

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In precedent-setting enforcement actions, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined three airlines for their roles in causing the passengers on board Continental Express flight CO2816 to remain on the aircraft for an unreasonable period of time at Rochester International Airport in Minnesota on August 8.

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ExpressJet Airlines will operate 22 Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets under the United Express brand from May 2010.

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