PRNewswire-FirstCall HOUSTON Nov. 3 :
ExpressJet Holdings today announced increased traffic and capacity in
October 2003 for its Continental Express operating fleet.
During the month, ExpressJet flew 551.2 million revenue passenger miles
(RPMs), up 58.6 percent versus October 2002, and 53,726 block hours,
compared with 41,618 block hours in October 2002. Capacity increased 43.0
percent to 784.3 million available seat miles (ASMs) in October 2003,
compared with October 2002. ExpressJet`s load factor increased to 70.3
percent in October 2003, a record October load factor and a 7.0 point
improvement over October 2002. The company operated 31,645 flights in
October 2003, versus 27,322 flights in October 2002.
Also in October, ExpressJet accomplished a 99.9 percent controllable
completion factor, which excludes cancellations due to weather and air
traffic control, and a total completion factor of 99.4 percent. In October
2002, ExpressJet`s controllable completion factor was 99.9 percent and its
total completion factor was 99.1 percent.
During the month, ExpressJet accepted delivery of two 50-seat Embraer ERJ-
145XR aircraft, bringing the company`s total operating fleet to 220 jets.
ExpressJet Airlines, Air Transport World`s 2003 Regional Airline of the
Year, operates as Continental Express, the regional jet affiliate of
Continental Airlines. With service to 127 destinations in the United
States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, Continental Express operates all
of Continental`s regional jet service from its hubs in Houston, New York
and Cleveland. Continental Express offers customers efficient service and
comfortable leather seating, along with advance seat assignments and
OnePass frequent flyer miles that can be redeemed on Continental and
partner airlines. ExpressJet Airlines, which employs more than 6,000
people, is owned by ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. For more information, visit