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

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Using 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s, SkyWest Airlines will operate United Express Service between Chicago O’Hare and Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Hancock/Houghton, Michigan; Muskegon, Michigan; and Paducah, Kentucky.

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SkyWest, Inc. subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) will begin operating as a United Express carrier in the first quarter of 2010 as part of a deal that sees SkyWest lending United Airlines $80 million and agreeing to let United defer up to $49 million it owes the Utah-based regional airline operator.

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Mesa Airlines is beginning twice-daily, non-stop United Express service between Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport (PNS) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD beginning February 11, 2010.

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United Airlines is launching new service from its hubs in Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles on December 17, adding Duluth in Minnesota, Asheville in North Carolina and Midland/Odessa in Texas to its network.

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United Airlines is launching service to four new destinations from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the service being provided by several of its United Express regional-airline franchise partners.

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SkyWest Airlines has agreed to continue service between Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH) in North Bend, Oregon and Portland International Airport (PDX) without subsidy, says the airport’s operator.

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