CommutAir, a United Express Carrier, Receives FAA Approval for Safety Management System (SMS)

NORTH OLMSTED, OH., December 13, 2017, CommutAir, a United Express® carrier, received approval from the FAA for its Safety Management System “SMS” Under USDOT FAA Order 8000.3698.  The massive undertaking to achieve a fully approved SMS program was facilitated by the CommutAir Safety Team, and led by John Darke, Director of Safety.


“Our #1 mission is to ‘Always emphasize and maintain the highest levels of safety.’  At CommutAir, everyone plays their part in identifying, determining and mitigating risks and hazards.  The processes and procedures that make up our Safety Management System are at the heart of everything we do, and participation from all coworkers ensures its efficacy,”  said John Darke, CommutAir Director of Safety



After receiving United’s 40% investment in 2016, CommutAir is on its way to tripling in size to 61 all-jet aircraft and hiring an additional 3x pilots and 2x maintenance technicians.


CommutAir’s industry-leading Pilot benefits include:

  • Fastest United Airlines Career Path Program (CPP)
  • $22,100 sign-on bonus with paid ATP-CTP
  • Rapid PIC upgrades
  • Guaranteed Captain pay for First Officers after 1 year of line qualification
  • Top-Tier pay and benefits – including the industry’s first and best Commuter policy


CommutAir’s CPP is the fastest path to a United flight deck, and the number of pilots heading to United is expected to double in 2018.  The Captain pay for First Officers after 1 year of line qualification is a recent addition to pilot benefits.   For additional information go to


About CommutAir

Founded in 1989, CommutAir operates as United Express and is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc.  CommutAir operates 900+ weekly flights to 30+ destinations, using Bombardier Dash-8 Q200 and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ, and Washington-Dulles. CommutAir’s 900+ employees are well-known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment.

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