Jets will replace turboprop airplanes on United Airlines' Durango-to-Denver route, an airport official said
United is phasing out Mesa Air as its regional carrier in favor of ExpressJet, a former Continental Airlines subsidiary
that in 2002 was spun off into a separate company.
Mesa Air's De Havilland Dash 8 turboprops will be replaced by ExpressJet's Embraer 145 jets.
The jets offer more seating capacity, with 50 seats compared to the turboprop's 37.
"The public in general tends to favor jet service, so jet service they will have on the United routes to Denver," said
Don Brockus, deputy director of aviation at Durango-La Plata County Airport.
Although the jets can fly faster than the turboprops, Brockus said the performance of the two has been similar on the
short Denver-to-Durango route.