Posted on: 27 June 2016 by Mark Howells
CommutAir has been granted approval to add the ERJ 145XR regional jet to its operating certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The first ERJ 145 is expected to enter commercial service at the beginning of July 2016, with CommutAir expecting to add between two and three new aircraft to its fleet every month from then onwards.
“The addition of the ERJ 145 jet to our operating certificate is a significant achievement in the history of our company and is the foundation of our growth plans to triple the size of our operations over the next two years,” commented Subodh Karnik, president and CEO, CommutAir. “This phase of tremendous growth at CommutAir will usher in fantastic advancement opportunities for all current and future team members.”
CommutAir estimates that the addition of forty aircraft to its fleet over the next two years will drive an accelerated need for pilot hiring and promotions. To address this, the carrier has designed a hiring package including a US$15,000 sign-on bonus and rapid position upgrades for qualified applicants; a commuter policy including company-paid commuter hotels; benefits such as vacation, 401K match and health care; and the potential to join the United Career Path Programme.
“Our initial pilot cadre is ready to help train new recruits; our maintenance team and materials programmes are in place, and our flight attendants and dispatchers are also jet-qualified on the new aircraft – the team is ready for an immediate deployment and rapid spool up,” declared Justin Conrad, CommutAir’s VP and director of operations.