Continental Airlines' announcement that it would take 69 aircraft out of its fleet agreement with ExpressJet (ATWOnline, Jan. 4) came as no surprise to ExpressJet CEO and President Jim Ream. During months of negotiations, CO followed in the footsteps of other mainline carriers and aggressively sought concessions as it moved to cut costs. ExpressJet is the exclusive provider of Regional flying to CO using a fleet of some 274 ERJ-145s. "We've been in conversation with Continental folks for ...

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