United Airlines to Reassign Regional Jets Between ExpressJet and SkyWest

By Paul Riegler on 24 February 2020
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United Airlines announced plans to reassign a number of Embraer regional jets to two of its United Express regional carriers, namely ExpressJet and SkyWest. It will also end its relationship with Trans State Airlines over the coming year, although it will continue its relationship with Trans State Holdings subsidiary GoJet, which operates United’s new Bombardier CRJ550 regional jets.

Under the new plan, ExpressJet will add 36 Embraer ERJ145 aircraft that were operated by Trans State to its fleet, while United will reassign 25 E175 aircraft from ExpressJet to SkyWest.

SkyWest said that the reassignment will make it the largest operator of E175 aircraft in the United States.

ExpressJet will become the largest operator of ERJ145 aircraft in the world.

ExpressJet said it will announce additions to its crew bases and facilities at United hubs, including Denver, in the coming weeks, and that it will phase out its own fleet of E175 aircraft to focus on the ERJ145. It also announced a $40,000 sign-up bonus for all captain-qualified pilots, regardless of type rating.

United said that it plans to upgrade the cabins of its ERJ145 jets with new seats, new wall panels, and LED lighting. In addition, GoJet will continue to operate the CRJ550 for United.  United Airlines was the launch customer for the new Bombardier CRJ550 regional jet, which is a rebranded CRJ700 with a different cabin configuration.

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