The history of United Express dates back to the mid-1980s, when it was established as a regional airline by United Airlines. United Express operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of United Airlines, providing regional service primarily in the United States and Canada. The airline started out with a small fleet of Beechcraft 1900D turboprop aircraft, with a focus on providing service to smaller airports and connecting cities.
The first major milestone in United Express' history occurred in 1995 when it began operating the Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia, the first jet aircraft in its fleet. This allowed the airline to expand its service to larger cities, as well as providing additional capacity for United Airlines' larger airports.
Another major milestone for United Express came in 1998, when it entered into a partnership with Atlantic Coast Airlines (later known as Independence Air) to provide additional regional service to more cities. This partnership allowed United Express to expand its regional route network and become one of the largest regional airlines in the United States.
In 2004, United Express introduced its first regional jet aircraft, the Bombardier CRJ-700. This allowed the airline to expand its regional route network even further, as well as providing additional capacity for larger airports.
In 2007, United Express began operating the Embraer EMB-175 aircraft, which is now the mainstay of the airline's fleet. The EMB-175 is capable of carrying up to 76 passengers and is equipped with the latest in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi and other modern amenities.
In 2011, United Express was involved in a federal investigation regarding the safety of its aircraft. After an extensive investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concluded that United Express had "adequately addressed the issues identified" and that its aircraft were safe to operate.
In 2013, United Express introduced its first international service, flying from Chicago to Toronto. Since then, the airline has expanded its international route network to include destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.
Finally, in 2020, United Express announced that it would be the first regional airline to offer Wi-Fi on all of its flights. This move was part of the carrier's ongoing efforts to provide a higher quality of service and stay ahead of its competitors.
Over the years, United Express has evolved from being a small regional airline to become one of the largest regional airlines in the United States. The airline has grown in size and scope, offering more destinations, more frequencies, and more amenities than ever before. Despite the occasional incident, the airline remains committed to providing a safe, reliable and enjoyable experience for its passengers.