Our History

CommutAir Officially Launches

CommutAir officially launches as a Part 135 operator in Plattsburgh, NY. Inaugural flights that summer in two Beech 1900s were suddenly going head to head with the largest regional airlines in the US.

New Partnership

CommutAir changes code-share partners from US Airways to Continental, now United Airlines.

Upgraded Fleet

In 2006 CommutAir upgraded to the Bombardier Dash-8 Q-200 (37 seats) with pressurized cabins, lavatories, overhead storage bins and flight attendants.

Relocation to Cleveland, OH

CommutAir begins phasing out the Beech 1900 for the Bombardier Dash-8 200. The company relocates its operations and training center to Cleveland, OH to follow a strategic shift in flying with our code-share partner.

Growing the Fleet

CommutAir adds the 50 seat Dash-8 300 to the fleet.

New Agreement with United Airlines

CommutAir enters a Career Path Program agreement with United Airlines, and announces the company will begin operating the Embraer 145 aircraft.

United Airlines Investment and Jet Fleet Growth

United Airlines purchases a 40 percent ownership stake in CommutAir stock, as part of a comprehensive recapitalization. CommutAir receives approval from the FAA for certification of the ERJ145 jet aircraft. CommutAir begins its growth plan under a new Capacity Purchase Agreement with United by taking the first ten of 40 jet deliveries. First CommutAir pilots begin to transition to United Airlines under a new Career Path Program (CPP).

Plan Announced to Triple in Size with All-Jet Fleet

CommutAir announces plans to retire its Dash-8 turboprop fleet and transition to an all-jet fleet, in conjunction with a new Memorandum of Understanding with United to take delivery of an additional 21 ERJ145 aircraft. As a result, the airline’s fleet will triple. CommutAir operates 900 weekly flights to 30+ destinations from bases in Newark and Dulles with 800+ employees.

Celebrating 30 Years

CommutAir celebrates its first flight (August 1, 1989) with 30th Anniversary parties in 5 cities: North Olmsted (Cleveland) headquarters, Dulles and Newark bases, and the Cincinnati training center, with the main event at C5’s Albany maintenance hangar. Today, CommutAir operates more than 1,000 weekly flights to 50+ cities (from Canada to Florida and from the Atlantic Coast to Missouri) using an all-jet fleet of ERJ145s. More than 1,200 employees are well-known in the industry for fostering a family culture and friendly work environment.