ManaAir, a new regional airline operation partially owned by United Airlines, has agreed to purchase ExpressJet, setting the mainline carrier up with a purpose-built exclusive partner that it can use to support its hub-feeding growth strategy. Under the terms of the deal announced Dec. 18, Utah-based SkyWest Inc. is selling ExpressJet subsidiary to ManaAir for $70 million. The deal includes the “majority” of ExpressJet’s assets, including “essentially” ...

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