ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. is based in College Park, Georgia. SkyWest, Inc, owns ExpressJet. ExpressJet has been owned by different carriers and has also been its own airline. Continental Airlines previously owned it. In its corporate history, it has been an autonomous business entity. The partnership between SkyWest and ExpressJet goes back to August 2010. ExpressJet was purchased for $6.7 per share. The company is now the world's largest regional airline. The two companies hold a single operating certificate that consolidates their carrier capacity. The company has more than 400 aircraft and currently also operates as American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express. The bulk of ExpressJet planes consist of the Embraer ERJ-145, several of which fly under the American Eagle, Delta Connection, or United Express names. ExpressJet suspended its independent plane flights in 2008 and now operates under carrying capacity agreements with the companies listed above. As a result of these carrying capacity agreements, ExpressJet can fly 2,200 daily flights to 190 airports in 40 US states, the District of Columbia, Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico.
- Flight statistics
ExpressJet is a regional airline that operates flights on behalf of the major airlines they partner with. Because of this, they do not perform any reservation or ticketing functions. Instead, the major airlines they partner with sells the tickets and the connecting flights may be an ExpressJet plane. Their partnering airlines selling the tickets are:
• United Airlines (as United Express)
• Delta Air Lines (as Delta Connection)
• American Airlines (as American Eagle)
This means that all ticket prices will be what those airlines generally charge. ExpressJet does not compete with the other airline prices and instead allows them to set the price and is not involved in the ticketing process.
The boarding process on ExpressJet is the boarding process of whichever partnering airline the flight is connecting with. Seats are assigned, and the check-in and boarding process depends on the major airline of the flight. If the tickets are purchased through American Airlines, then it is the check-in and boarding process of American Airlines that will take place on that ExpressJet flight. The same goes for Delta flights and United flights.
ExpressJet serves American, Delta, and United Airlines with their connecting flights. Through these airlines, they fly to 189 different destinations. They fly to 39 of the United States, the District of Columbia, Bahamas, Canada, Mexico, Turks, and Caicos Island. This is, of course, small when compared to other top airlines. ExpressJet stays mainly domestic with their flights and has few destinations compared to those larger top airlines. However, when comparing to other regional airlines, it is a decent amount of destinations. ExpressJet is a part of SkyWest which makes them the largest regional airline in the world.
ExpressJet flies around 2.200 flights per day. Of their daily flights (as per Flightstats.com), 82% of them are on-time, 6% are late, 2% very late, 6% Excessive and 1% are late. This is slightly lower than many of the other top airlines. It is not a significant amount lower although they do have 1% canceled flights where most major airlines have 0%. Looking at the most active routes of ExpressJet, they also have lower ratings than many of the top airlines. The majority of their flights only have between one to two stars with only two flights in the three star ranges. The top airlines generally have higher rated active routes. ExpressJet's top routes include:
• Houston to Baton Rouge (3.5 stars, 89% on time)
• Baton Rouge to Houston (3.1 stars, 88% on time)
• Houston to Jackson (2.8 stars, 87% on time)
Their lowest rated route is Atlanta to Westchester County at only 1.5 stars and 71% on time. As stated earlier, these ratings are lower when compared to other top airlines.
In 1979 Atlantic Southeast Airlines acquired their first aircraft from ExpressJet and makes the first flight. In the past 36 years, ExpressJet has been owned and operated by a number of different partnering airlines. In 2010 they were bought by SkyWest and because of this partnership; they are the largest regional airline in the world. 36 years is not a very long time for the airline business. It is also not extremely short; they are average for the length of business. Many of the larger airlines have been in business for much longer. ExpressJet now works with those larger airlines though and has been doing so for a number of years now. ExpressJet partners with the following larger airlines:
• American Airlines, flies within their American Eagle portfolio
• Delta Airlines, flies within their Delta Connection portfolio
• United Airlines, flies within their United Express portfolio
ExpressJet has one of the strongest safety records in the airline industry and also partners with a number of community organizations to give back to their surroundings.
- Lack of information
Similarly to the ticket prices, ExpressJet does not have their own baggage policy but follows the baggage requirements of their partnering airlines. For flights with Delta that use ExpressJet to connect, they follow Delta baggage prices. This is true for all of their partnering airlines. Beyond this, there is no information about baggage available with ExpressJet Airways.
ExpressJet had no information about their in-flight services available on their website. Because they are a regional airline, much of the information about ExpressJet depends on the partnering airline. While there isn't information available about the services on ExpressJet flights, it is known that ExpressJet offers mainly connecting flights which are generally shorter. Because of this, the in-flight services are most likely minimal. There have also been some complaints about the size of the ExpressJet airplanes offering little leg room.
The Bottom Line
Overall, we wouldn't necessarily recommend using ExpressJet. We would recommend using the website or travel agents ran by the major airlines that use ExpressJet. That way, you will get the full picture of the planes being chartered, the carriage policy of the carrier, and the options that are available on each flight.