RAA 2015: ExpressJet turnaround on track

The restructuring of ExpressJet Airlines and its return to profitablity is “making progress month after month,” according to the carrier’s COO, Alex Marren.ExpressJet has renegotiated its CPA with United and has been parking unprofitable aeroplanes, Marren reported. “Operationally we achieved 99.85% controllable completion in April and so far in May we’ve been at 99.9%,” she added.The fleet at ExpressJet comprises just under 350 aircraft which operate under the United Express, Delta Connection and American Eagle brands. Of those, most of the Embraer ERJ family aircraft, of which there are more than 200, have their contracts up for renegotiation with United shortly.New flying for American Eagle is utilising 15 ERJs which are operating out of Dallas/Fort Worth. “Those are alongside the CRJs we fly for America,” Marren noted.Developments ahead include a reassessment of the airline’s MRO footprint. Currently it has nine facilities with consolidation a possibility. “We are realigning and revamping parts processing to enable more just-in-time operations. Additionally we’ll be migrating to one system in MRO, as we move onto the TRAX application,” Marren confirmed, adding that in flight operations a new EFB will come online this summer.Finally, asked about the potential for ExpressJet to operate some of the MRJs which parent company SkyWest Inc has on order, Marren confirmed that her company is positioning itself to be successful for that to occur.Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.netCleveland, Ohio

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