CHICAGO, July 30 (Reuters) – United Airlines said on Thursday it has decided to drop its contract with ExpressJet, which operates 50-seat planes under the United Express banner, and consolidate all of its routes on that aircraft with rival regional carrier CommutAir.

Reuters was first to report a decision by United between the two carriers on Monday, after reviewing a union letter to ExpressJet pilots warning that the choice could have a “dramatic impact” on the future of ExpressJet.

ExpressJet relies on the U.S. airline major for its business. (Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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