CommuteAir is a modern regional airline and United Express partner supporting the global United Airlines network in the United States and Canada. Operating with hubs in Denver, Houston, and Washington Dulles and maintenance bases in Lincoln and Albany, we bring a heightened level of professionalism and distinction to the airline industry.
Vision, Purpose & Values
Our Vision & Purpose
Our vision is to grow our enterprise, be successful in all we do, and remain true to our values, our customers, and each other.
Our purpose is to connect people and communities to the rest of the world via United Airlines’ global network.
Together We Soar
Whether you’re building your time in the sky or your career on the ground…we hope to be your next destination.
Our diverse team strives for excellence daily, only with the collective support of our people can we continue to grow. We want to provide you with the tools you need to succeed. By adopting a data-driven approach, we’re innovating the traditional path to the mainline by raising the bar and setting the standard for employee training and support. We offer our team comprehensive benefits, competitive pay, internal advancement programs, and personal access to flights on the Star Alliance network for yourself and your family.
Our core4 Values
We protect employees and customers from any possibility of injury.
We take a welcoming attitude and practice compassion always.
We earn trust with reliable and consistent quality.
We elevate our services with organized and effective conduct.
Our executive team is taking CommuteAir to new heights. Learn about our company leaders.
CommuteAir strives to be the modern regional airline that our passengers and employees are looking for. Our role in your career as a regional airline is one that we take seriously. Community, mentorship, training, and growth are all part of our DNA; we want to make your vision of a successful career in the aviation industry a reality.
CommuteAir’s family atmosphere and community feel make it an ideal destination for employees.
CommuteAir’s rich history sets the stage for its innovative expansion today. Learn how our airline has developed throughout the years.
CommuteAir Official Launch
CommuteAir launches as a Part 135 operator in Plattsburgh, New York. Our inaugural flights (Beech 1900s) went head to head with the nation’s largest regional airlines that summer.
CommuteAir changes code-share partners from U.S. Airways to Continental, now United Airlines.
The Bombardier Dash-8 Q-200 (37 seats) takes over, complete with pressurized cabins, lavatories, overhead storage bins, and flight attendants.
Move to Cleveland, Ohio
The Bombardier Dash-8 Q-200 begins to replace the Beech 1900, and a relocation of operations and training to Cleveland follows, preparing for the eventual United Express partnership.
The Fleet Expands
CommuteAir adds the 50-seat Dash-8 300 to its fleet.
Engaging United Airlines
CommuteAir enters a Career Path Program agreement with United Airlines. The company begins operating the Embraer 145 aircraft.
United Airlines purchases a 40% ownership interest in CommuteAir. The organization receives an FAA certification for the ERJ145 jet aircraft. The first CommuteAir pilots begin to transition to United Airlines.
Tripling in Size
CommuteAir announces its transition to an all-jet fleet, tripling its capacity. CommuteAir operates 900 weekly flights to 30+ destinations from bases in Newark and Dulles with 800+ employees.
CommuteAir celebrates its first flight (August 1, 1989) with 30th Anniversary parties in 5 cities: Cleveland, Dulles, Newark, Cincinnati, and Albany. CommuteAir operates more than 1,000 weekly flights to 50+ cities. More than 1,200 employees are making a positive impact on the industry.
United's Sole ERJ-145 Operator
The Coronavirus pandemic brings air travel to a standstill, but CommuteAir emerges as the exclusive operator of the Embraer 145 for United Airlines. A crew base and maintenance hangar open in Houston to support increased demand.
Scaling to Soar
CommuteAir welcomes its first class to the new 50,000-square-foot training center in Houston. In March, the company opened its new base in Denver, doubling its footprint in less than 9 months. The fleet count had grown to 130 aircraft.
Mid-continent expansion continues as CommuteAir cuts the ribbon on the addition of a new 50,000-square-foot maintenance base in Lincoln, Nebraska. Supporting the United “Next” strategy, CommuteAir begins service from Houston to Lincoln, bringing new routes and stability to our operation.
Investing in our Future
After successfully updating their air carrier certificate with the FAA, CommuteAir welcomes the delivery of its very own Embraer 170 for charter operations in 2024 and beyond. The team celebrates these first steps towards a bigger future by hosting an event at the Houston hangar to welcome the new aircraft with a water cannon salute.
Engine: Rolls Royce AE3007A1E jet
Max Cruise Speed: 517 mph
Maximum Range: 1956 miles
Maximum Operating Altitude: 37,000 ft
Length: 98 ft
Wingspan: 65 ft 9 in
Fuel Capacity: 13,297 lbs