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CommuteAir Announces René DeLange as Vice President of Inflight & Airport Operations

Cleveland, Ohio, March 23rd, 2023 – CommuteAir, a leading regional airline and operator for the United Express network, today announced that René DeLange has been appointed as Vice President of Inflight & Airport Operations. René has been working for CommuteAir since 2008 and held multiple management roles within the airline.   

“Throughout René’s 15-year tenure with CommuteAir he has brought a thoughtful approach to team building and leadership which has added tremendous value across our organization,” said Joel T. Raymond, CommuteAir’s COO.  “His extensive knowledge of our operations, coupled with his expertise in the aviation industry makes him the ideal person to lead our inflight and airport operations teams.” 

A veteran of commercial aviation, René came to CommuteAir in 2008 with an extensive background in people management and operations.  Since then, he’s continued his positive track record that began at Canadian Airlines and continued with Chautauqua and Republic.  At CommuteAir, René first served as Director of Airport Operations and Training until 2017 when he was promoted to Managing Director of Crew Resources and Scheduling, and most recently Rene has served as Managing Director of Inflight and Customer Experience.   

“I am excited to see René take on this new challenge and lead our Inflight and Airport Ops teams,” said Rick Hoefling, CommuteAir President & CEO. “I look forward to working alongside René to provide our customers with the highest level of service and to continue to build on our strong partnership with United Airlines.” 

About CommuteAir 

CommuteAir is a regional airline operating flights on behalf of United Airlines as a United Express partner. With an operating fleet of more than 60 Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, CommuteAir operates up to 1,600 weekly flights – connecting people and communities to the world via United’s global network. Headquartered in Cleveland, CommuteAir has major hubs in Denver, Houston, and Washington Dulles. Additionally, the company operates maintenance hangars in Houston, Albany, and Lincoln. Founded in 1989, CommuteAir is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc. 


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