Did United Create an Entire Route from EWR for 1 VIP Passenger…for 18 months??

by Adam

For 18 months, a UA operated 50-seat regional jet left Newark (EWR) every Thursday night for Columbia, S.C. (CAE). It would then return back to EWR on Monday mornings.

Federal prosecutors want to know if United offered the flight because David Samson, then chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, spent weekends in Aiken, S.C., about 50 miles from the Columbia airport. Samson referred to the Columbia route as the “chairman’s flight”. United ended the flight on April 1, 2014, three days after Samson resigned from the agency.

Thanks to Leslie from Yahoo Travel/Blmbrg for sharing with our readers. Check out the extremely interesting read by Justin Bachman here.

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Matt March 1, 2015 - 12:11 pm

EV has a mtc base in CAE so certainly a possibility it went down for Mtc.

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Adam March 1, 2015 - 12:17 pm

@Matt – Would be a ton of maintenance over an 18 month period!

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Matt March 1, 2015 - 12:24 pm

http://www.expressjet.com/2010/09/21/atlantic-southeast-airlines-celebrates-opening-regional-jet-maintenance-facility-columbia-sc/
It’s a few years old but a PR piece of the CAE Mtc base when it was opened up…
“CAE is Atlantic Southeast’s primary overnight maintenance base for its regional jet fleet serving United Express”

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Matt March 1, 2015 - 12:34 pm

http://www.expressjet.com/2010/09/21/atlantic-southeast-airlines-celebrates-opening-regional-jet-maintenance-facility-columbia-sc/

“CAE is Atlantic Southeast’s primary overnight maintenance base for its regional jet fleet serving United Express”

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