Thursday, July 14, 2011

Combined Atlantic Southeast Airlines to ExpressJet will be named “SureJet” after they merge

ATLANTA — SkyWest Inc. said on Wednesday that it’s Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet units will be named “SureJet” after they merge their operations later this year.

SkyWest bought ExpressJet Holdings for $133 million in November, and has said all along that it would merge it with Atlantic Southeast at that operation’s headquarters in Atlanta.

It is aiming to obtain a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of this year.

Atlantic Southeast President and Chief Operating Officer Brad Holt said selection a new name for the combined operation will foster unity.

Once the combining process is finished, the company said SureJet will be the largest regional airline, with 10,000 workers and 412 aircraft, operating flights under contract to larger airline companies such as United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc.

SkyWest Inc., based in St. George, Utah, said it will keep on operating a separate airline under the SkyWest name. Shares fell 5 cents to close at $15.11.

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