ExpressJet will launch its expanded United Express flying in October. In July, the airline announced that United Airlines had signed on for 20 CRJ200s, in addition to its fleet of more than 100 ERJ145s.
The first four CRJs will enter service in early October, followed by another four aircraft in late October. The fleet will continue increasing until all 20 CRJs are in service by early 2019.
ExpressJet’s CRJ flying will be based out of ORD, with some routings also taking the fleet through IAD. The airline will support the CRJ fleet at its ORD, CLE, RIC and TYS maintenance locations.
The addition of the CRJ to ExpressJet’s United Express fleet supports the airline’s strategy to strengthen its long-time partnership with United. In addition, ExpressJet pilots enjoy a direct path to United through the Pilot Career Path Program (CPP). The United CPP guarantees eligible ExpressJet pilots participation in United’s hiring process and, once accepted into the program, the expectation that they will become a United pilot. Through the program, United has committed to hiring a sizable portion of its new-hire pilots directly from ExpressJet. ACN