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|Republic Airways Currently Accepting Airline Pilot Applications in Preparation for 2007-2008 Expansion|
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 18, 2007--Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ:RJET) announced today that it is currently accepting airline pilot applications as part of its plans to grow its pilot workforce by more than 1,000.
All three of Republic's carriers - Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America - expect to add pilots thanks to the company's strong partnerships with American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and beginning in March of this year, Denver based Frontier Airlines. The company's existing pilot workforce of approximately 1,675 is expected to grow to 2,600 by the end of 2008.
Republic Airway's subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines, initiated service as a Continental Express operator on January 8th of this year. The airlines fleet will grow with the addition of 24, 50-seat CRJ 200 aircraft by the end of 2007 to support its expanding Continental Express operation. Republic Airlines will begin operating the first of 17, seventy-six seat Embraer 170 aircraft for Frontier Airlines on March 4, 2007. In addition, the airline will take delivery of the first of thirty, 86-seat Embraer 175's in March of this year and operate them as US Airways Express.
"Republic Airways is on course for continued growth, and as we lead the sector in expanding and flying even larger jets, we are enthusiastic about the future of the company and the opportunities for our employees," said Republic Airways CEO Bryan Bedford. "Our new relationship with Continental and Frontier Airlines as well as our expanding relationship with US Airways will create expanded employment opportunities for pilot candidates interested in joining a growing company on the leading edge of the regional airline industry."
The three Republic-owned airlines operate a series of crew bases at Indianapolis, Louisville, Buffalo, Greensboro, St. Louis, New York LaGuardia, Columbus, Richmond, Chicago O'Hare, Washington Reagan National Airport, Pittsburgh, Houston and beginning in March Denver, Colorado.
Republic Airways first officer candidates must hold a Commercial pilots license, have 1,500 hours of total flight time with 300 hours in multi engine aircraft as well as 75 hours of instrument flying.
The employment package includes generous health insurance and related benefits, as well as excellent travel benefits. For more information and to complete an on-line application candidates should visit our employment website at http://jobs.rjet.com
About Republic Airways Holdings
Republic Airways Holdings, based in Indianapolis, Indiana is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. The airlines offer scheduled passenger service on approximately 1,000 flights daily to 90 cities in 35 states, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through airline services agreements with five major U.S. airlines. All of the airlines' flights are operated under their major airline partner brand, such as AmericanConnection, Continental Express, Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express. The airlines currently employ approximately 3,700 aviation professionals and operate 173 regional jet aircraft. For more in-depth information on Republic Airways Holdings please visit our website at www.RJET.com
CONTACT: Republic Airways Holdings Warren R. Wilkinson, 317-484-6042 SOURCE: Republic Airways Holdings