New Pilots

First ERJ145 Jet Aircraft Arrives at CommutAir

2015 12 02

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- CommutAir's first jet aircraft has arrived at its Albany maintenance base.  It will be used for FAA certification and training before being placed into service early next year.

The first aircraft is one of 40 ERJ145 aircraft that CommutAir will operate under a previously announced 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," said Joel T Raymond, Chief Operating Officer.  "Aircraft growth and the CPP  mean great promotion and career opportunities for crew and staff.  We could not be happier," he added.

"The ability to have the airplane in Albany for a couple of months will allow us to complete aircraft familiarization training and methodically establish procedures and plans for the technical management of the aircraft type at our Albany base," said James W Page, Vice President, Maintenance

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is the d/b/a of Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s.  Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.  CommutAir's 500+ employees are well known in the industry for fostering a family culture and friendly work environment.