United says it is ending its contract with ExpressJet, a regional feeder for the airline. United will keep its relationship with CommutAir, another regional feeder. Under the current demand, United reportedly felt there was not a need for two feeders. Since United was ExpressJet’s only contract, industry experts believe this may be the end of ExpressJet.
Only a mere five months ago, ExpressJet and United had renewed their agreement with ExpressJet CEO, Subodh Karnik saying at that time, “United’s trust in ExpressJet is a testament to the dedication and adaptability of ExpressJet’s employees. Growing our fleet and upgrading the ERJ145s embodies our vision: ‘To be the United Express carrier that best understands and fulfills the needs of United Airlines.’” The pandemic clearly impacted the relationship.
An internal memo from CEO Karnik says the company disappointed about United’s decision and will look at all options for the future. The company says it will continue to operation through the end of the year.