Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Delta Connection to gain 8 Embraer E-170 jets

Republic Airways Holdings said Monday it will transfer eight Embraer E-170s from Frontier Airlines to contract flying for Delta Air Lines. The aircraft are expected to be placed into Delta Connection service between May and September and will have a term of six years from the in-service date for DL, RAH said. After the addition of these aircraft, the company and its subsidiaries will operate a total of 48 aircraft on behalf of DL: 16 E-175s, eight E-170s, and 24 E-145s.

"We are pleased to grow our E-Jet relationship with Delta by adding these aircraft to our existing agreement," said Republic Chairman, President and CEO Bryan Bedford. "This announcement reaffirms our commitment and desire to be a solutions provider for our network airline partners."

Republic said the Frontier jets will be replaced by E-145s that had been flying for Continental Airlines and Bombardier Q400s.

(Linda Blachly - ATWOnline News)

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