CommutAir - From Turboprops to Turbofans

Airline Geeks published an article after spending extensive time with us to offer aviation/airline enthusiast an inside look at our history and growth. Read below and stay tuned for more geeky news!


AirlineGeeks has partnered up with regional airline CommutAir to give AvGeeks an inside look at the operations of a regional airline and the life of a regional pilot through a series of articles and videos. Over the course of our partnership, we hope to give readers a behind the scenes look at what goes on behind the cockpit door and inspires the next generation of pilots.

Today’s regional airlines operate about 50 percent of all flights for the “big-3,” American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. They fly to two-thirds of U.S. airports, and fly jets that can almost traverse the 2,500-mile width of the United States.  They have long shed their “regional” and “turboprop” subsidiary role and are now a vital part of the airline ecosystem.

CommutAir, which provides regional flights for United Airlines under the United Express brand, is no exception. Once operating an all-turboprop fleet consisting of the Bombardier de Havilland Dash-8 and Beechcraft 1900 in the Northeast, the airline has shifted to an all-jet aircraft fleet consisting of a single aircraft type, the 2,000-mile capable Embraer ERJ145XR.

While now just acquiring and operating jet aircraft for the first time, CommutAir has an interesting history dating back nearly 30 years, making it older than many of the major carriers operating in the United States.

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