Press Releases

CommutAir, a United Express® Carrier, Announces Direct-Entry Career Opportunities for Experienced Aircraft Maintenance Staff

07 March 2017

CommutAir announced major changes to its Base Maintenance organization – creating opportunities for direct-entry Supervisory and Technical Leader positions at its bases in Albany (ALB), Newark (EWR), and Dulles (IAD).

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CommutAir, a United Express® Carrier, Appoints Adam Kline EWR Base Chief Pilot

08 February 2017

CommutAir names Adam Kline to EWR Base Chief Pilot as it opens an Embraer 145 base in its growing Newark, NJ operation.

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CommutAir to Partner with ATP Flight School for Tuition Reimbursement and Avenue to United Career Path Program

24 January 2017

CommutAir announced a partnership with ATP Flight School to provide ATP graduate flight instructors a financially subsidized path to a pilot job at fast-growing CommutAir and the opportunity to enroll in the United Career Path Program (CPP) at the time of entry into CommutAir. The Tuition Reimbursement Program allows instructors to have up to $11,000 of their flight training costs paid for by CommutAir, in exchange for agreeing to fly for CommutAir after earning the requisite number of flight hours.

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United Express® operator, CommutAir, continues growth with the appointment of Chief Inspector and Director of Crew Resources

12 December 2016

CommutAir announced that it had hired Mr. Jeffrey “Jeff” Penn as its (14 CFR 119.65) Chief Inspector and promoted Mr. Jobin “Joey” Dhaliwal to Director of Crew Resources. 

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Radha Iyer Named Chief Technology Officer at Fast-Growing CommutAir, a United Express® Carrier

01 December 2016

CommutAir named Radha Iyer as its new Chief Technology Officer, as the airline mobilizes to accommodate its planned four and a half times growth in capacity (as measured by available seat miles).

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CommutAir, fast-growing United Express operator, names Embraer ERJ145 veteran Lon Ziegler as Vice President of Maintenance

23 November 2016

CommutAir names Lon Ziegler as its Vice President of Maintenance, as the airline mobilizes to triple the size of its fleet and expand its flying footprint as it inducts 40 Embraer 145 aircraft under the previously announced United Express agreement.

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Sean Frick Named CFO at Fast-Growing United Express Partner, CommutAir

06 September 2016

CommutAir today announced that it had named Sean Frick as its new Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all Finance, Accounting, Treasury and Control functions. He will replace Missy Kelsen, who will retire in the first Quarter of 2017, after a smooth transition.

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CommutAir Welcomes David Petris as Director of SOC and Dispatch

26 August 2016

CommutAir is welcoming David Petris to the team as Director of SOC and Dispatch. Petris will be joining the CommutAir’s corporate office in North Olmsted, OH on Monday, August 29, 2016.

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First 10 CommutAir Career Path Program pilots awarded United Airlines® training dates

17 August 2016

CommutAir today announced that the first batch of 10 of its pilots received formal notice to join United Airlines under the Career Path Program. The Pilot Career Path Program (CPP) is designed to lead participating CommutAir pilots on a clear and reliable path to a United Airlines flight deck.

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CommutAir Achieves Another Milestone for ERJ-145 Growth Platform First Aircrew Program Designees (APD) certificated by the FAA

27 July 2016

Captain Timothy Bell and Zachary Davis, of CommutAir, have been appointed Aircrew Program Designees (APD) under the FAA Aircrew Designated Examiners (ADE) program.

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Fast-growing CommutAir’s employees “SCORE” by beating operations targets in June 2016

13 July 2016

CommutAir beat all operations targets for June 2016 and paid out a triple bonus under its 2016 SCORE program. The SCORE program is designed to recognize the role of EVERY team member’s contribution toward driving superior performance.

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CommutAir Begins Commercial Service with ERJ-145XR Aircraft for United Express®

01 July 2016

CommutAir today began commercial service with its inaugural flight on the ERJ-145XR jet from Washington, DC to Columbia, SC.

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CommutAir Enters the Jet Age with FAA Certification of the ERJ 145XR

24 June 2016

CommutAir today announced that it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to add the ERJ 145XR Regional Jet to its operating certificate, a key milestone in the company's growth plans as it expects to take delivery of forty jets over the next two years.

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AAR to Provide Tip-to-Tail Support to CommutAir’s ERJ 145 Fleet

21 June 2016

Global aftermarket leader signs two multiyear contracts to service growing U.S. carrier

 WOOD DALE, Illinois, June 21, 2016 – AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading aviation aftermarket service provider for the world’s airlines, has been selected by regional carrier CommutAir to provide ongoing support services for its newly inducted ERJ 145 aircraft. AAR will provide full cost per flight hour (CpFH) services for rotable components including inventory management, logistics, overhaul and repair. In addition, AAR will also provide wheel, tire and brake maintenance and inventory services for the new fleet under a full cost per landing structure (CpL).

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CommutAir strengthens Technical Operations team to accommodate Embraer jet growth

20 April 2016

CommutAir announced three executive appointments to its Maintenance & Technical Operations organization as it establishes the platform to triple the size of its fleet and expand its flying footprint when it inducts 40 Embraer 145 aircraft under the previously announced United Express agreement.

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CommutAir to further expand Albany International Airport presence with Flight Attendant Training Center

07 April 2016

CommutAir today announced that it will relocate its Flight Attendant Training Facility to the Albany International Airport for its 2016 classes. This move was prompted by the need hire 20 additional flight attendants each month, and up to 300 over the next two years, to support the recently announced addition of 40 Embraer E145 jet airplanes to the company’s existing fleet of Bombardier turbo-prop aircraft. The first training class is scheduled for later this month.

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CommutAir appoints Subodh Karnik as President & CEO

01 March 2016

CommutAir announced the appointment of Subodh Karnik to President and CEO, effective immediately. Karnik's appointment follows the finalization, upon receiving regulatory approvals, of the previously announced agreement with United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) for the introduction of Embraer 50-seat jet aircraft at CommutAir.

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CommutAir Pilots Ratify New Long Term Labor Agreement

02 December 2015

CommutAir today confirmed that its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), ratified a new four year contract that the company called a "significant accomplishment in light of a very challenging employment environment". The new four year deal addresses key quality of life and pay issues as well as important productivity concerns as the Company implements significant growth plans with the addition of 40 Embraer ERJ145 jet aircraft to its fleet pursuant to the recently announced five year flying contract with United Airlines. "I want to thank the negotiating teams from both sides for their focus and tremendous effort in reaching an agreement in two months," said Joel T. Raymond, Chief Operating Officer of CommutAir. "It's not uncommon for such negotiations to last several years beyond a contract amendable date, however, by working together, and staying focused on the key issues, we were able to develop an agreement that rewards the hard work and professionalism of our pilot group and creates a very attractive career path for both current and future CommutAir pilots."

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First ERJ145 jet aircraft arrives at CommutAir

01 December 2015

CommutAir's first jet aircraft arrived at its Albany maintenance base earlier this week. It will be used for FAA certification and training before being placed into service early next year.

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CommutAir Appoints Captain David W Fitzgerald As Chief Pilot

30 November 2015

CommutAir announced the appointment of Captain David W. Fitzgerald as Chief Pilot after the completion of a methodical internal and external search. His appointment will be effective upon fulfilling the necessary FAA regulatory requirements.

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CommutAir To Grow And Add Jets Under United Express Agreement

16 November 2015

CommutAir announced today that 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.

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