United Airlines announced today
an agreement-in-principle with new flying partner, Colgan Air that will add
six Saab 340-B turboprop aircraft to the United Express fleet.Colgan will begin serving United Express routes out of Washington Dulles
International Airport on Oct. 4, 2005. Colgan will fly six United Express
markets currently operated by Shuttle America from Dulles to Allentown, Pa.;
Binghamton, N.Y.; Charleston, W. Va.; Charlottesville, Va.; State College, Pa.
and White Plains, N.Y.
“We are pleased to welcome Colgan Air to the United Express family,” says
Todd Arkenberg, managing director-United Express Performance. “This agreement
gives United Express a high-quality service provider, while maintaining an
economical cost structure. For our customers, it provides them with
additional seats and safe, convenient access to United’s unsurpassed global
route network in these six markets.”
According to the terms of the pro rate agreement, operating costs will be
paid by Colgan Air while a portion of the revenue from connecting passengers
will be shared between United Airlines and Colgan Air.
Though Colgan aircraft will replace Shuttle America’s turboprop fleet for
United Express in Dulles, Shuttle America will continue to operate 70-seat
regional jets for United Express on many routes from Washington-Dulles.