Trans States Airlines announced today that it has entered into a three-year agreement with United Airlines to operate at least seven additional Embraer 145 aircraft under the United Express regional service brand. The additional aircraft are the beginning of a long-term commitment to growing the airline's United Express program. The first seven aircraft will be phased into revenue service starting in October of this year, with all aircraft in service by January of 2019.
Trans States currently operates a fleet of 51 Embraer 145 aircraft, of which 36 are in service for United.
"Trans States is a leading operator of the Embraer 145, a strategically important aircraft for United," said Rick Leach, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trans States Airlines. "We value our relationship with United and are positioning ourselves to do even more for United in the future."
Trans States began its relationship with United in 1993, and has provided regional service for United under its current contract since 2003.