Regional carrier Trans States Airlines will cease operations by the end of 2020.

The carrier, which does all of its flying for United Express-branded aircraft, will shutter in conjunction with a decision by United to stop using Trans States. United instead will move its 36 Embraer E145 50-seat aircraft that Tran States has been operating into the stable of regional carrier ExpressJet. 

The move, explained United spokesman Charles Hobart, is part of a broader strategy to simplify the United Express operation. 

“We believe that this move will lower our long-term cost and allow for a more dependable operation,” Hobart said. 

As part of that maneuvering, United will transfer the 20 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft that ExpressJet now operates to SkyWest. That will leave ExpressJet operating just a single type of United aircraft. 

In a memo to employees Monday, Trans States CEO Rick Leach wrote that that carrier had explored numerous options other than closing. He also said that Trans States had numerous cost and operational pressures ahead of United’s decision. Notably, the carrier has a shortage of captains to pilot aircraft, a problem that was making it difficult for Trans States to meet contractual obligations. 

Trans States parent Trans States Holdings will continue to operate regional carriers GoJet Airlines and Compass Airlines.

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