US regional carrier CommutAir has gained FAA approval to add the Bombardier ERJ145 regional jet to its operating certificate.
The first of the aircraft will enter CommutAir’s fleet next month, with the Vermont-based airline scheduled to take 40 of the aircraft during the next two years.
“Our initial pilot cadre is ready to help train new recruits; our maintenance team and materials programs are in place; and our flight attendants and dispatchers are also jet qualified on the new aircraft,” said Justin Conrad, the airline's vice-president and director of operations.
CommutAir, which operates as United Express, currently has a fleet of 21 Bombardier Q200 and Q300 aircraft.
Last week, it signed two maintenance contracts for AAR to provide component support for the ERJ fleet.