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ExpressJet Airlines

ExpressJet Airlines
AirlineExpressJet Airlines
CallsignJET LINK
Airline hub
Frequent-flyer programOnePass (Continental), Mileage Plus(United)
AllianceStar Alliance as Continental Express, and United Express
Fleet size244
Company sloganA New Way to Move People.
Parent companySkyWest, Inc.
HeadquartersHouston, Texas
Key peoplePresident & COO - Brad Holt|hubs=

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ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. is an American regional airline based in the Greenspoint area of Houston, Texas. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic Southeast Airlines which is in turn a subsidiary of the airline holding company SkyWest, Inc., parent company of the air carrier SkyWest Airlines. .

Although an autonomous business entity since its divestiture from Continental Airlines, Inc., it continued to operate as Continental Express for Continental Airlines from hubs at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey and Hopkins International Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. Its training center is on the grounds of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

ExpressJet operated its own point-to-point service with its main hub at LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California. This service ended on September 2, 2008.

In April 2008, SkyWest proposed an acquisition of ExpressJet at a price of $3.50/share. ExpressJet Holdings Inc. said its special committee unanimously rejected the proposal. SkyWest rescinded the offer in early June after ExpressJet Holdings and Continental signed a new 7-year Capacity Purchase Agreement.

In August 2010, SkyWest announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with ExpressJet Holdings, whereby SkyWest's wholly owned subsidiary, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, will purchase ExpressJet for $6.75 per share. Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet became the world's largest regional airline on November 12, 2010 once the purchase was final. The combined airline will be based in Atlanta. Atlantic Southeast currently operates as Delta Connection and United Express.

On November 12, 2010 the financial transaction between Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet was closed. Thus as a legal entity ExpressJet airlines ceased to exist at that point. Operationally though the transition to a single operating carrier status is expected to take at least several more months. Atlantic Southeast Airlines will continue to operate ExpressJet during that time under the terms of their current operating certificate with the FAA as ExpressJet airlines.

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