Posted on: 01 December 2015 by Mark Howells
CommutAir has taken delivery of its first jet aircraft – an Embraer ERJ 145 – at its Albany maintenance base, which will initially be used for FAA certification and training before being placed into service early in 2016.
The aircraft is one of 40 ERJ 145s that CommutAir will operate under an operating contract with United Airlines. The contract also introduced a Career Path Program (CPP) for CommutAir pilots.
"We are excited to have been given the opportunity to fly jets on behalf of United Express," remarked Joel Raymond, chief operating officer. “Aircraft growth and the CPP mean great promotion and career opportunities for crew and staff.
"The ability to have the aeroplane in Albany for a couple of months will allow us to complete aircraft familiarisation training and methodically establish procedures and plans for the technical management of the aircraft type at our Albany base," added James Page, vice-president maintenance for the carrier.
CommutAir currently operates a fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft carrying out more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.