The combined airline is based in Atlanta near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and will be the largest regional airline in the world, with more than 400 planes and 2,350 flights a day, according to the company. In addition to the 106 people the airline has added in Atlanta this year, it expects to add more positions as it completes the merger.
The FAA confirmed Friday morning that it approved a single operating certificate for the two airlines, allowing them to operate as a single carrier. Starting Dec. 31, the combined airline will be called ExpressJet, bringing an end to the Atlantic Southeast Airlines name. Atlantic Southeast operates as Delta Connection and United Express, while Houston-based ExpressJet operates as Continental Express and United Express.