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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Once finalized, the three-year agreement will also give US Airways options to up-gauge to SkyWest-operated Bombardier CRJ700s to replace the CRJ200s and Dash 8s that Mesa Airlines currently operates for US Airways at the major carrier’s Phoenix hub.

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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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Delta Air Lines plans to make First Class service available on all U.S. domestic flights longer than 750 miles, or about two-and-a-half hours of flight time, beginning this fall. When the upgrade is complete, 50 routes that currently feature Delta Connection flights with only one class of service will be upgraded to two-cabin aircraft with First and Economy Class service.

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