Republic Airlines

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Republic Airlines
IATA
YX
ICAO
RPA
Callsign
BRICKYARD
Founded1973
Hubs

As US Airways Express:

As Frontier Airlines
Denver International Airport

As United Express
Denver International Airport
Frequent-flyer programDividend Miles (US Airways)
EarlyReturns (Frontier Airlines)
MileagePlus (United)
AllianceStar Alliance (US Airways, United)
Fleet size85
Destinations79
Parent companyRepublic Airways Holdings
HeadquartersIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
Key peopleBryan Bedford (CEO)
 
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Republic Airlines
IATA
YX
ICAO
RPA
Callsign
BRICKYARD
Founded1973
Hubs

As US Airways Express:

As Frontier Airlines
Denver International Airport

As United Express
Denver International Airport
Frequent-flyer programDividend Miles (US Airways)
EarlyReturns (Frontier Airlines)
MileagePlus (United)
AllianceStar Alliance (US Airways, United)
Fleet size85
Destinations79
Parent companyRepublic Airways Holdings
HeadquartersIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
Key peopleBryan Bedford (CEO)

Republic Airline, Inc., operating as Republic Airlines (IATA: RWICAO: RPACall sign: BRICKYARD)[1] is a regional airline subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings that operates service as US Airways Express, Frontier Airlines and United Express using a fleet of Bombardier Q400NextGen, Embraer 170, Embraer 175 and Embraer 190 aircraft. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.[2]

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History

Republic Airlines was started as Chautauqua Airlines in 1973 in Jamestown, N.Y., by Joel and Gloria Hall. It changed ownership to GAC, and then to Wexford Capital, LLC of Greenwich.

US Airways' pilots had a "scope clause" prohibiting the airline from operating large regional jets such as the Embraer 170. The airline negotiated around this clause by offering flight deck jobs to laid-off US Airways pilots, in a program known as "Jets for Jobs." This agreement created a subsidiary, MidAtlantic Airways. As part of US Airways' bankruptcy restructuring, the 25 Embraer 170s delivered to MidAtlantic were bought by Republic to help US Airways to come out of bankruptcy, which operates them along with additional newly-delivered aircraft on order under a conventional Express carrier contract.

On January 11, 2007, Frontier Airlines announced it had signed an 11-year service agreement with Republic Airlines. Under the agreement, Republic would operate 17 Embraer 170 aircraft for the Frontier Airlines operations. The first aircraft was placed into service in March 2007, and the last aircraft was expected to be placed into service by December 2008. On April 23, 2008, Republic Airways Holdings (parent of Republic Airlines) announced the termination of its service agreement with Frontier Airlines, which entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early April 2008. The terminations of services was made moot as soon after it was announced that Republic Airlines would take over Frontier Airlines.

On February 1, 2008, Republic Airlines opened a base at Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus Ohio.

Republic also operates 38 Embraer 175 aircraft for US Airways Express.[3]

On September 3, 2008, Republic announced a new 10 year codeshare agreement with Midwest Airlines. The aircraft will be based at Kansas City International Airport beginning October 1, 2008. Twelve aircraft will be placed in service with Midwest. On June 23, 2009, Republic announced it is acquiring Midwest Airlines for $31 million. The name Midwest will disappear and flights will be rebranded Frontier. Before the removal of the brand, Republic or Frontier crew fly the Midwest brand flights.[4]

Fleet

A Republic Airlines Embraer 170 in the pre-2005 livery of US Airways Express, seen at the Portland International Jetport near Portland, Maine.

As of May 2012 the Republic Airlines fleet includes the following 81 aircraft:[5]

AircraftIn ServiceOrdersPassengersNotes
Embraer 190
17
-7
99
Operates as Frontier Airlines. 5 aircraft sold to US Airways, 5 aircraft being used for other Republic flying, and 2 aircraft being returned to lessor in Q4 2012.
Embraer 175
36
0
80
Operates as US Airways Express
Embraer 170
28
0
69
Operates as US Airways Express
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400NextGen
2
30
74
Operates as United Express
Bombardier CS300
0
40
TBA
Entry Into Service 2015
Total8172

The Embraer 175 made its United States domestic debut when the first aircraft was delivered to Republic Airlines in March 2007. Total orders were for 36 aircraft, which are operated in an 80-seat configuration under the US Airways Express brand name.[6]

In July 2010, Republic announced an order for a further 24 Embraer 190 aircraft.[7]

Destinations

Embraer 170 of Republic Airlines in the parent companies common Republic Airways aircraft livery

As of October 2010

For US Airways Express

Destinations in Canada

Destinations in the United States

For Frontier Airlines

For United Airlines

References

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