United Express ending Q400 turboprop services

United Express ending Q400 turboprop services

United Airlines and Republic Airways Holdings announced Wednesday that they are eliminating Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop from their fleet by September 2016. The news came as Republic announced a deal to purchase 50 Embraer 175 jets valued at $2.1 billion.

“We are pleased to offer more travelers the opportunity to experience this modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft, particularly given the high satisfaction levels our customers report when they fly our E175s,” said Sandra Pineau-Boddison, United’s senior vice president of United Express.

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Republic’s order is an addition to the 47 E-175s it ordered in January 2013. Deliveries for the most recent order are expected to begin in July 2015, continuing through September 2017.

Currently, Republic operates a fleet of 31 Q400 turboprops on United Express routes. Republic will return the 24 Q400s it has leased from British carrier Flybe, with the remaining aircraft being sold or leased to other carriers.

Flybe will become the world’s largest operator of the Bombardier Q400. The carrier also announced that it has terminated its order for 20 E-175s.

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