United Regional Jet Increase With ExpressJet Purchase
ExpressJet Airlines to be sold to United Airlines joint venture ManaAir, giving United more managerial control on regional flights, an area it has struggled with when it comes to on-time arrival performance.
Formerly a subsidiary of Continental Airlines, ExpressJet is coming full circle with it being acquired by United. SkyWest which is the parent company of ExpressJet is selling the company to United Airlines joint venture ManaAir for a whopping $70 million in cash. ExpressJet currently operates more than 120 jets, a culmination of Embraer ERJ-145's, Bombardier CRJ200's, CRJ700's, and a CRJ100. ExpressJet was providing service for Delta just a few years ago, but halted service back in 2017. This move solidifies the end of the ExpressJet's time as a big player in Atlanta aviation as a partner of Delta.
SkyWest CEO Chip Childs said in a written statement:
“provides further clarity and focus for the future,” adding that SkyWest looks forward to “continuing to strengthen our partnership with United.”
In the second quarter of 2019, ExpressJet will start taking delivery of 25 specially configured Embraer E-175 jets that offer roomier Economy Plus seats that differ from the E-175 jets currently being operated by United Express regional carriers. I would guess this move is partially being made in an effort to improve United's on-time arrival performance which they have struggled with when it comes to it's regional carriers. United management now having direct control should change some of this, but only time will tell!