ExpressJet to Operate 22 Aircraft as Replacement Flying for United Express
CHICAGO, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UAL Corporation (Nasdaq: UAUA), the holding company whose primary subsidiary is United Airlines, today announced that ExpressJet Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: XJT) will operate 22 ERJ-145 aircraft under the United Express brand.
This new flying, which will begin on May 1, 2010, will replace flying previously done by other United Express partner carriers whose contracts have expired and is consistent with the 2010 capacity outlook United provided in its third quarter earnings conference call.
"We have worked with ExpressJet previously for short-term flying contracts, and they provided our customers with exceptional service," said Cindy Szadokierski - vice president Airport Operations Planning and United Express. "ExpressJet offered us the most competitive bid, enabling us to continue to operate efficiently in this difficult environment."
"We are pleased that our commitment to exceptional operational performance coupled with a highly competitive economic model provided ExpressJet the opportunity to offer replacement flying for United Airlines under a multi-year arrangement," said Jim Ream - president and chief executive officer of ExpressJet. "This award represents a tremendous opportunity for our company and I know ExpressJet employees are excited to deliver the very best service to United's customers."
United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) operates approximately 3,300* flights a day on United and United Express to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 1,071 destinations in 171 countries worldwide. United's 47,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at united.com or follow United on Twitter @UnitedAirlines.
*Based on United's forward-looking flight schedule for October 2009 to October 2010.
ExpressJet Holdings operates several divisions designed to leverage the management experience, efficiencies and economies of scale present in its subsidiaries, including ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. and ExpressJet Services, LLC. ExpressJet Airlines serves 130 scheduled destinations in North America and the Caribbean with approximately 1,100 departures per day. Operations include a capacity purchase agreements for United and Continental as well as providing clients customized 41-seat and 50-seat charter options; and supplying third-party aviation and ground handling services. For more information, visit www.expressjet.com.
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