By Jennifer Korn
ExpressJet Airlines, which calls itself a “reboot” of the company that previously operated as Delta Connection and United Express, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday in Delaware and ceased operations, according to the website. of the society.
“We regret that a combination of market and economic conditions have caused us to take this action,” the company wrote.
Atlanta-based ExpressJet operated more than 450 planes at its peak. The airline was the world’s largest operator of Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, a regional jet, as recently as February 2020but the woes induced by the pandemic dealt a fatal blow to the regional carrier.
After acquiring the company from SkyWest Airlines in 2018, United Airlines decided in 2020 to end its flights with the airline amid pandemic cuts. ExpressJet then shut down for about a year before relaunching as Aha!, but the reboot struggled to cope with rising costs and changing travel habits. United eventually sold its 49.9% stake in ExpressJet’s parent company, ManaAir, in June.
For the past six months, ExpressJet has operated low-cost Aha! Airlines flying from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to 11 cities in the western United States, as well as ad hoc charter services.
The company said stifled growth, rising costs and lower revenues due to the pandemic were the reasons that led to the bankruptcy, according to a press release on Tuesday.
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