13 Facts About United Express


United Express is the brand name for the regional branch of United Airlines, under which six individually owned regional airlines operate short- and medium-haul feeder flights.

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On June 27,2019 United Express changed its parent company name from United Continental Holdings to United Airlines Holdings.

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Major airlines in the United Express States had long maintained relationships with regional carriers which fed passengers from small markets to larger cities.

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On May 1,1985, United formally partnered with Air Wisconsin, Horizon Air, and WestAir as United Express, feeding its hubs at Chicago-O'Hare, Seattle International Airport, and San Francisco International Airport.

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Horizon Air was bought out by Alaska Airlines in 1987 at which time Horizon's contract as United Express was cancelled and a new carrier, North Pacific Airlines, was established by WestAir to service the Seattle hub as well as hubs at Portland, Spokane, and Boise.

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Mesa Airlines contract operating as United Express was cancelled in 1998 at which time Air Wisconsin and Great Lakes Airlines took over the Denver routes while SkyWest took over the Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland routes.

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In 1992, Great Lakes Airlines became a United Express partner, followed by Trans States Airlines the following year.

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When United Express declared for Chapter 11 reorganization in 2002, it pressured its regional partners for reduced fees.

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United announced a new Express focus city at San Antonio International Airport in 2006, but the experiment was short-lived.

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United Express decided to cancel Dash 8 and CRJ200 service with Mesa Airlines in November 2009.

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On July 30,2020, it was announced that United Airlines had decided to end its contract with ExpressJet and transferred these operations to CommutAir.

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United Express has a bus service from Lehigh Valley International Airport near Allentown, Pennsylvania to Newark Liberty International Airport.

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Continental Airlines, which later merged into United Express, previously operated flights from Allentown to Newark but switched to a bus service in 1995 due to constant delays from air traffic control.

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