Republic Airways To Take 10 Embraer 190ARs from US Airways
Republic Airways today said it will acquire 10 Embraer 190ARs from US Airways. The airline will apply the full balance of a $35 million loan from US Airways toward the purchase of the aircraft and assume the remaining debt on the aircraft. Republic expects four of the 99-seat jets to enter service in November and December in the company’s new Midwest Airlines system, where they would replace Boeing 717s. The remaining six aircraft would enter service in so-called branded operations during the first half of 2010. With the addition of the 10 airplanes, Republic’s subsidiaries will operate the largest fleet of E-Jets in the world. It now operates 135 of the Brazilian-made airplanes. Republic, which on October 1 also officially became the owner of Frontier Airlines when that Denver-based carrier emerged from bankruptcy, will return the 717s to Boeing, which already has marketed a number of former Midwest airplanes to Mexicana.