CommutAir to add jets under United Express agreement

CommutAir said it has reached an agreement with United Airlines to significantly increase the number of airplanes flown under the United Express brand by adding Embraer E145 jet operations to the company´s existing fleet of Bombardier turbo-prop aircraft.

The agreement is subject to government approval.

Also pursuant to this agreement, CommutAir will implement a “Career Path Program” (CPP) for participating pilots. The program offers pilots the option to transition from CommutAir to United after certain requirements are met, including various service, performance record and accumulated flight hours requirements.

Pursuant to the currently anticipated fleet plan, the first Embraer E145 aircraft is expected to enter service in April 2016, and the fleet size and routes flown will grow through the addition of 40 Embraer E145 aircraft. Employee recruiting and FAA processes are already underway.

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is the d/b/a of Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. Today, CommutAir operates the world´s largest Q200/Q300 fleet with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports. CommutAir´s 500+ employees are well known in the industry for fostering a family culture and friendly work environment.