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U.S. Regional Carrier ExpressJet to Become World’s Largest Operator of Embraer ERJ145 Aircraft

ExpressJet Airlines announced on Monday that they are poised to become the world’s largest operator of Embraer ERJ145 regional jets. The carrier will add 36 of the 50-seat aircraft to their fleet this year, bringing their fleet total to more than 125 of the type.

ExpressJet Embraer ERJ145 - Courtesy ExpressJet

Today, Atlanta-based regional carrier ExpressJet Airlines announced the addition of 36 Embraer ERJ145s to their fleet, making the airline the world’s largest operator of the type. ExpressJet is a United Express operator, and with the additional aircraft announced today, the carrier will have over 125 ERJ145s in their fleet by year’s end. Additionally, ExpressJet is working with United Airlines towards a multi-year Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) extension. ExpressJet will also make a significant investment in guest experience by completely refreshing the ERJ145 cabins including new panels, seats, LED lighting and a state-of the art personal device in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. In Monday’s announcement, United Express’ Senior Vice President, Sarah Murphy said,

“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. We’re confident that our partners at ExpressJet can execute that vision.”

Also commenting on today’s announcement, ExpressJet Airlines’ Chairman and CEO, Subodh Karnik added,

“United’s trust in ExpressJet is a testament to the dedication and adaptability of ExpressJet’s employees. Growing our fleet and upgrading the ERJ145s embodies our vision: ‘To be the United Express carrier that best understands and fulfills the needs of United Airlines.”

With today’s agreement, ExpressJet will phase out their larger Embraer E175s, becoming a single fleet airline. Additionally, the carrier will be announcing additions to their crew bases and facilities at United hubs, including Denver, over the next few weeks.

Source: ExpressJet Airlines

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