Our History


Atlantic Southeast Airlines acquires our first aircraft, a DeHavilland Twin Otter; opens a maintenance base in Columbus, Ga., and makes our first flight.


Atlantic Southeast makes its initial public stock offering on July 21, 1982 with 800,000 common shares priced at $6.50 each, exceeds $13 million in annual revenue, operates the third highest number of daily departures from Atlanta and operates three aircraft types – the Twin Otter, Bandeirante and Dash 7.


Atlantic Southeast acquires the assets of Southeastern Airways, which includes nine new routes and six airplanes.


Atlantic Southeast becomes the first Delta Connection carrier; bookings increase by 40 percent on the first day of the new partnership.


Atlantic Southeast becomes the world’s first operator of the Embraer Brasilia 120, a fully pressurized, 30-passenger aircraft that allows us to increase our flight range to a 350-mile radius from our Atlanta hub.


Atlantic Southeast opens a new Dallas/Fort Worth hub, where we serve five markets in Texas and Arkansas with 54 daily flights.


Air Transport World names Atlantic Southeast the Regional Airline of the Year.


The ATR-72 joins the Atlantic Southeast fleet.

Bar Harbor, Rocky Mountain Airways and Britt Airways consolidate operations to form Continental Express as a single corporate entity operating under the Britt Airways certificate; the airline that would become ExpressJet is formed.


Atlantic Southeast receives its first jet.

Continental Express operates 430 departures, carries more than 3.7 million passengers and flies nearly 760 million revenue passenger miles during the year.


Continental Express places orders for 200 Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft,  becoming the first North American operator of the aircraft type. To market and distinguish the jets, Continental Airlines names the airline “ExpressJet.”


Atlantic Southeast places an order for 30 50-passenger Canadair regional jets (CRJ) from Bombardier Aerospace – Bombardier’s largest single CRJ order from any one airline to that date.


Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine names Atlantic Southeast one of the global aviation and aerospace industry’s best-managed companies.


Delta Air Lines acquires Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

ExpressJet takes delivery of 21 EMB 145 and six EMB 135 aircraft, bringing the total to 62 regional jets in the fleet.


Atlantic Southeast makes its first international flights with inaugural service to Toronto, Ontario, Canada from Atlanta.

ExpressJet adds 30 new routes, expands its Cleveland, Ohio maintenance hangar by 66 percent, opens a maintenance hangar in Knoxville, Tenn., and announces an order for 150 additional Embraer regional jets.


Atlantic Southeast carries the 2002 Winter Olympics Flame between Miami and Mobile, Ala., aboard ship 869, a special-livery CRJ200 saluting Delta’s sponsorship of the games.

ExpressJet adds 19 new routes and Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first all-jet hub for ExpressJet.


Atlantic Southeast enters its 100th city – Cincinnati, Ohio, and the 70-seat CRJ700 joins the fleet.

ExpressJet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Continental Airlines, announces its initial public offering of 30 million shares of common stock priced at $16 per share. ExpressJet begins all-jet service with a fleet of 184 Embraer regional jets and operates the first five months of 2002 with a 99.8 percent controllable completion.



Atlantic Southeast completes the single-largest expansion in company history to date with 47 new flights in one day, including first-ever service to the West Coast; Dallas/Fort Worth becomes the airline’s first all-jet hub.

ExpressJet is named Air Transport World’s 2003 Regional Airline of the Year. The ExpressJet training center, featuring a level D full motion flight simulator, opens in Houston; and a maintenance facility opens in Shreveport, La.


Atlantic Southeast celebrates its 25th anniversary of passenger service with delivery of a special-edition CRJ700 and carries more than 10 million passengers in 2004.

ExpressJet carries 13.7 million passengers in 2004 and adds 21 routes, including service to Mexico. ExpressJet is named on the Forbes list of “America’s Most Admired Companies.”



Delta Air Lines reaches an agreement to sell Atlantic Southeast to SkyWest, Inc.


Atlantic Southeast’s routes throughout the Caribbean expand when we are granted Extended Over Water exemption operations, which allows us to fly up to 162 miles away from the nearest shoreline.

ExpressJet opens an aircraft paint facility in Saltillo, Mexico.


ExpressJet launches branded operations to 24 cities, is named one of “America’s 100 Best Companies” by Demarche Associates, Inc., and begins operations as Delta Connection out of Los Angeles.


Atlantic Southeast opens an Atlanta hangar, “A-Tech Center,” to perform scheduled overnight maintenance.

ExpressJet is the largest regional jet operator in the world under one certificate, with more than 150 destinations and 1,400 daily departures.


Atlantic Southeast takes delivery of its first CRJ900 aircraft, makes history with the first all-female, African-American crew to operate a commercial revenue flight, and announces a new contract with United Airlines to fly as United Express beginning in 2010.

ExpressJet begins flying as United Express.


Atlantic Southeast introduces a new brand identity that includes a new logo, mission statement, core values and website.

Atlantic Southeast acquires ExpressJet Holdings, Inc., parent company of ExpressJet Airlines, and announces plans to merge the two airlines to form the world’s largest regional airline.


Atlantic Southeast opens a crew domicile in DTW.

ExpressJet adds 63 new routes to support its United Express operation.

Atlantic Southeast and ExpressJet achieve single operating certificate status from the FAA and form the new ExpressJet.


The new ExpressJet Airlines is created after corporate merger is completed on Jan. 1, 2012.

ExpressJet announces a new contract with American Airlines to fly as American Eagle beginning in 2013.



ExpressJet opens a crew domicile in DFW and makes the first flight as American Eagle on Feb. 13.



ExpressJet welcomes Alex Marren as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO).



ExpressJet welcomes Terry Vais as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO).