<<<I guess that is just me. It is the same company just a different name, just my two cents..>>>
Your two cents isn't even worth that. Unless you have been actively working at Expresss/Pinnacle for the past 12+ years you can't possibly make an educated comparison.
Planes are clean, well maintained, from my perspective its a very organized well run company. I have been working next to them for many years and have flown on their aircraft many times.
hummmm.. Hey didn't pncl crash a jet, and the two pilots died? Hmm didn't they reck another jet that went off the runway?? hmmm, wasn't pncl formally express, and didn't they have a plane that crashed and killed all on board?? Well hey at least the planes are clean...