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Old 07-30-2020, 06:25 PM   #1  
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ExpressJet Airlines LLC was a North American regional airline headquartered in College Park, Georgia that flies under the United Express brand for United Airlines. ExpressJet is a partially owned subsidiary of United Airlines. ExpressJet Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Embraer regional jet aircraft.

ExpressJet DomicilesExpressJet has flight crew bases located in Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Denver, Colorado (Opening fall 2020); Houston, Texas; Newark, New Jersey and Knoxville, Tennessee. ExpressJet has airport maintenance facilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Houston, Texas; Newark, New Jersey; Knoxville, Tennessee, Richmond, Virginia. ExpressJet operates Embraer 145 aircraft. ExpressJet has two training centers located in Houston, Texas.

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United Express Embraer ERJ-145 ExpressJet ERJ 145 in Houston, TexasThe airline was established in 1986 and started operations in 1987. Its origins were in a group of small commuter airlines acquired by Texas Air Corporation / Continental Airlines. These included Bar Harbor Airlines in Maine, Provincetown-Boston Airlines in New England, Rocky Mountain Airways in Denver, Colorado, and Britt Airways in Terre Haute, Indiana. ExpressJet operates under the original Federal Aviation Administration Part 121 certificate issued to Britt, which began operations as Continental Express in April 1987 and was later acquired by Continental Airlines.[[i]citation needed] ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. incorporated in 1996.

ExpressJet was spun off from Continental in 2002. Afterwards the company began plans to move into a corporate headquarters location. ExpressJet has over 8,000 employees. ExpressJet Holdings also owns American Composites LLC, Saltillo Jet Center, and InTech Aerospace Services. Together with other facilities throughout the U.S. they make up ExpressJet Services which provides third-party maintenance, repair and overhaul services for a variety of aircraft types. ExpressJet Holdings also has non-controlling interests in Wings Holdings LLC 49% and Flight Services and Systems Inc 44%.

Before ExpressJet became independent, it was headquartered in Continental Center I in Downtown Houston.

Following a December 2005 decision by Continental to reduce ExpressJet's Continental Express flying by 69 aircraft, the airline elected to operate the aircraft independently. On December 31, 2006, the airline began its charter operation. It currently operates 6 aircraft for charter services under the Corporate Aviation Division. On February 5, 2007, the airline announced service to 24 cities in the west coast, southwest, and midwest regions of the United States beginning in April 2007.

On April 2, 2007, the airline began point-to-point services under its own name from locations throughout the U.S. The airline had a total of 42 aircraft in their branded operation. According to ExpressJet CEO James Ream, LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California (alternate airport to nearby LAX) would become the airline's "biggest center of operation".

Continental Center I, Continental Airlines's headquarters in Downtown Houston, ExpressJet's headquartersIn March 2007, ExpressJet operated four of its Embraer 145 jets on JetBlue routes while JetBlue's Embraer 190 jets were being serviced.

In June 2007, the airline began service at LAX to western ski markets and Mexico on behalf of Delta Air Lines under the Delta Connection banner using 10 EMB 145XR aircraft. In July 2007, the agreement was increased to 18 aircraft. In July 2008, the agreement was terminated and ExpressJet ended all Delta Connection flying by September 1.[11] A few days after announcing the end of its agreement with Delta, ExpressJet announced on July 8, 2008, that it would also end its independent ExpressJet-branded flying on September 2 due to the oil price increases since 2003. This resulted in the furlough of 347 pilots.

In September 2007, the airline agreed to provide feeder service for Frontier Airlines from Denver International Airport while federal certification for Frontier's Lynx Aviation turboprop subsidiary was underway. ExpressJet flew to 5 cities from Frontier's Denver hub using 50-seat ERJ 145 regional jets until Frontier's subsidiary, Lynx Aviation, received DOT approval in December 2007. As of December 7, ExpressJet discontinued providing feeder service for Frontier Airlines.

On August 21, 2009, an incident occurred where passengers were forced to stay on a parked plane at Rochester, Minnesota, for six hours with no food and overflowing toilets. The airline crew tried over thirty times to call the contract carrier, Delta Connection, (which services the Rochester airport) to let the passengers off. The agents for the regional Mesaba Airlines refused. The Department of Transportation cited the main cause of the incident as the Mesaba Airlines station's refusal to park the aircraft. However, Continental Airlines and ExpressJet were also fined for the part they played in the incident.

ExpressJet began a temporary contract with United Airlines to fly as a United Express carrier beginning in June 2009. The contract was for approximately 10 aircraft that operated out of United's O'Hare and Washington (Dulles) hub. The aircraft were flown in ExpressJet livery. The contract ended on September 2, 2009.

In late 2010 ExpressJet signed a multiple year contract with United Airlines for 22 ERJ-145 aircraft. The aircraft were flown, for the first time, in full United Express colors. Additionally, 10 more ERJ-145s; in ExpressJet colors, operated for United during the peak Summer travel season in 2010. The first flights under this new contract started December 1, 2009 and all 22 aircraft were in United Express service by Spring 2010.

In May 2010, ExpressJet began operating Branson AirExpress, non-stop air service between Branson, Missouri and Houston, Texas; Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Des Moines, Iowa; Shreveport, Louisiana and Terre Haute, Indiana; Chicago Midway and Indianapolis. ExpressJet last flight operating under Branson Air Express was on Oct 30 2010.

ExpressJet operated its own point-to-point service with its main hub at LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California. This service ended on September 2, 2008.

In April 2008, SkyWest, Inc. proposed an acquisition of ExpressJet at a price of $23.50/share. ExpressJet Holdings Inc. said its special committee unanimously rejected the proposal. SkyWest rescinded the offer in early June after ExpressJet Holdings and Continental signed a new 7-year Capacity Purchase Agreement. This proposal was ultimately not successful.

On November 12, 2010, the financial transaction between Atlantic Southeast Airlines (a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc.) and ExpressJet was closed. Thus as a legal entity the original (legacy) ExpressJet airlines effectively ceased to exist. Atlantic Southeast Airlines continued to operate ExpressJet during that time under the terms of their then current operating certificate with the FAA as "ExpressJet Airlines" while a new name for the recently merged companies was being considered.

In October 2011, the employees of ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast Airlines voted to keep the name ExpressJet as the combined airlines new name, while Atlantic Southeast's "Acey" callsign would remain.

In October 2013, ExpressJet opened a new crew domicile in Kansas City, Missouri, at Kansas City International Airport. ExpressJet also opened a crew domicile in Denver, at Denver International Airport.

In August 2017, as United Airlines purchase talks gained momentum Delta Air Lines terminated its contract with ExpressJet, which took effect in late 2018. The fleet of CRJ-900 aircraft, which were owned by Delta and leased, were transferred to Endeavor Air.

American Airlines terminated their contract with ExpressJet in May 2018. As a result, ExpressJet ceased to operate American Eagle flights as of 2019.

On July 30, 2020, it was announced that United decided to drop its contract with ExpressJet and consolidate all its routes with CommutAir.
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I had a long thread in 2018 debating the choice between Expressjet and Commutair. I'm still glad I chose Expressjet. It had an awesome training department, great staff at the training center, and some awesome captains and FAs. I will always be grateful for my time at XJT before moving on. Thank you everyone!
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I still miss that call sign. I was flying the morning we changed it and Houston center asked me if we used to be Jetlink. I said yes and he said he was wondering why he had all these Aceys that morning.
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Heart goes out to you all. Itís a shame they went with cheaper over better/safer. This is a loss for the industry.
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I was employed at Express Jet 2013-2014. As a CRJ pilot, I consider myself an ASA guy. I flew them as a passenger several times in the early Ď00s, GTR-ATL-GTR. Although I never expected to spend time at a regional, I credit them for getting me to a major.

Great people, great instructors, great pilots. The three pilots that stand out in my mind are the Norwegian Hammer (canít remember his name), Tom T (training dept), and Capt Woody. They really helped me become a decent 121 pilot through tough standards and great mentorship.

Iím kind of an airline geek. ASA is one of the great originals and Iím very proud to have been an Acey pilot. A sad day in aviation. Good luck to everyone at XJT.

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Heart goes out to you all. Itís a shame they went with cheaper over better/safer. This is a loss for the industry.
Welcome to Capitalism. The entire system is set up to be a race to the bottom.

But absolutely, Iím sorry guys.
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I wish the absolute best for every Acey out there. By far youíve been the most professional pilot group Iíve had the pleasure of riding with. Screw soft landings, hereís hoping youíre all priority 1 on your major of choiceís hiring list.
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Sorry guys from a now desk flying trans states guy. I'm still going through denial, anger, depressed. But I have hope someday I'll be back in the skies. Putting around in a 172 for the itch once a month isn't doing it.
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But absolutely, Iím sorry guys.
yes yes, communism would save this ****ty airline. Provide a terrible product and expect customers to pay for it ? Riiiiiight

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