US regional Great Lakes Aviation has agreed to take over at least 15 Raytheon Beech 1900Ds from Mesa Air Group to support expanded United Express operations from Denver International Airport in Colorado. The aircraft will be transferred to Great Lakes in a three way deal involving Raytheon Aircraft.

Great Lakes is one of three carriers selected by United Airlines to replace Mesa Airlines at Denver. The 1900Ds will replace older 1900Cs in the regional airline's fleet. Great Lakes plans to operate an all-1900D fleet of some 40 aircraft, plus six Embraer Brasilias. The airline has already disposed of six Brasilias to Skywest Airlines, which took over United Express services on the US West Coast from Mesa Air carrier WestAir, and is evaluating whether it will keep the remaining six.

Source: Flight International