Quite a huge shakeup for United Airlines’ regional fleet:
1. Trans States Airlines will shut down by the end of 2020:
The airline currently operates a fleet of ERJ-145s on behalf of United Express from its hubs in Chicago O’Hare and Denver.
Trans States Airlines stated 2019 was a financially difficult year and 2020 isn’t looking any better. There’s also an “extreme imbalance between first officers and captains”
Today, the company sent a memo to employees stating they will be shutting down by April 1 as United Airlines would like to simply its ERJ-145 fleet, which brings us to ExpressJet.
2. ExpressJet will acquire 36 ERJ-145s:
The airline will acquire 36 ERJ-145s over the next 12 months bringing their total ERJ-145 fleet to over 125.
As a result, ExpressJet will undergo complete interior refresh of the ERJ145 aircraft comprising new panels, new seats, LED lighting, and an industry-leading personal device entertainment system. (Pretty sure this is streaming, not IFE screens).
“We have made the long-term commitment to the Embraer ERJ145 and designed the comprehensive cabin, seat, and entertainment upgrade to deliver a contemporary customer experience,” said Sarah Murphy, Senior Vice President of United Express. “We’re confident that our partners at ExpressJet can execute that vision.”
However, with this acquisition, ExpressJet will lose all 25 of its E-175s, which brings us to SkyWest Airlines.
3. SkyWest will acquire 25 E-175s:
These will be coming from ExpressJet over the next 12 months until the first quarter of 2021.
Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said, “As their initial E175 launch partner, we are excited to become United’s largest E175 operator and the largest operator of the E175 aircraft in the United States. We are pleased to continue strengthening our United partnership through this new agreement.”
I believe this brings SkyWest’s E-175 fleet for United Express up to 90 aircraft.
4. GoJet increases CRJ-550 fleet by 20 aircraft:
GoJet, which operates the exclusive CRJ-550 for United Airlines, will increase its -550 fleet from 54 to 74 aircraft by 2021.
Image of E-175 by Embraer, image of E-145 by World Airline News
Trans States Airlines Shutdown Memo: https://www.avm-mag.com/trans-states-airlines-to-conclude-business-at-end-of-2020/
ExpressJet PR: http://www.expressjet.com/media/
SkyWest 25 E-175s: https://worldairlinenews.com/2020/02/24/skywest-announces-new-flying-agreement-for-25-e175s-with-united-airlines/
Pretty sad to see another company fall, especially for the employees. Though, I assume most will be relocated to ExpressJet