|Republic Airways Holdings Launches EMBRAER 170 Scheduled Operations|
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 2004--Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:RJET) announced that its subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines has begun scheduled passenger service with two, new seventy-passenger Embraer 170 aircraft in the United Express system. The aircraft are operating between Washington Dulles and Houston, Washington Dulles and Indianapolis, and Chicago and Indianapolis. Republic plans to operate a total of 23 Embraer 170s on behalf of United Airlines.
"This is an important milestone in the development of our airline. We feel the Embraer 170 will generate new opportunities for the future of Republic," said Bryan Bedford, Chairman, President and CEO of Republic Airways Holdings.
In United Express configuration, the Embraer 170 will have 70 seats comprised of 6 first class, 16 Economy Plus and 48 economy seats. The 170's unique cross-section provides superior passenger comfort in the form of a larger cabin with maximized cabin width at shoulder level, a wider aisle, larger seats, higher baggage capacity, improved personal space, and increased leg room. Four-abreast seating eliminates undesirable middle seats and facilitates access to both seats and overhead bins. The Embraer 170 is powered by twin, under-wing mounted General Electric CF34-8E engines.
Republic Airways Holdings, based in Indianapolis, Indiana is an airline holding company. Its principal operating subsidiary, Chautauqua Airlines was named 2004 Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World and 2003 Regional Airline of the Year by Regional Airline World. The airline is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary of scheduled commercial passenger service.
Chautauqua Airlines offers scheduled passenger service on more than 650 flights daily to 70 cities in 30 states, Canada and the Bahamas through code sharing agreements with four major U.S. airlines. The all-jet airline currently operates a fleet of 99 Embraer regional jets, including 3 Embraer 170s, 64 ERJ-145s, 15 ERJ-140s and 17 ERJ-135s. All of its flights are operated under its major airline partner brand, such as AmericanConnection, Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express. The airline employs more than 2,200 aviation professionals.
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