ExpressJet made two significant announcements on Tuesday that will set the airline on course for a stronger future – the award of new Embraer E175-SC aircraft and a change in ownership.
United Airlines awarded ExpressJet flying for 25 new E175-SC aircraft flying under the United Express banner. The E175-SC (special configuration) will have 70 seats versus the standard 76-seat configuration E175. ExpressJet plans to begin operating the E175-SCs in the second quarter of 2019.
According to United, the 25 E175-SC aircraft awarded to ExpressJet will replace other, older regional jets flying in the United Express system.
Also on Tuesday, ExpressJet parent company SkyWest, Inc., announced the sale of ExpressJet to ManaAir, LLC, a company in which United Airlines will take a minority interest. The transaction is expected to be complete in early 2019.
The E175-SC award, change in ownership and recent ratification of a top-tier pilot contract once again make ExpressJet a highly attractive option for pilots. Plus, the airline reports that it has immediate openings for pilot training classes and encourages interested pilots to apply on its website or to reach out directly. ExpressJet pilots are also eligible for the United Career Path Program.