CommutAir plans for jet growth, accelerated retirement of turboprop fleet

CommutAir has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Airlines to add 21 Embraer ERJ145 aircraft to its existing contract to fly 40 jet aircraft under the United Express brand, the company said.

These jets will replace Bombardier Dash-8 turboprop aircraft with planned retirements by January 2018.

Under the MOU, CommutAir plans to accelerate the retirement of its 21 Bombardier Dash-8´s — with the final exit in January 2018, and to continue accepting Embraer ERJ145 aircraft through 2019 until 61 jets have been inducted.

As part of its growth plan, CommutAir announced a significant improvement to its Pilot sign-on bonus program and further enhancements to its Career Path Program. Full details can be found at

CommutAir, founded in 1989 and operating as United Express, is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc. Today CommutAir operates more than 900 weekly flights to more than 30 destinations, using Bombardier Dash-8 Q200/300 and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ, and Washington-Dulles. CommutAir´s 800+ employees are well known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment.