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Delta to fly New York LaGuardia – Key West nonstop flights

Delta Connection-Republic Airline (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N201JQ (msn 17000235) DCA (Jay Selman). Image: 403808.

Delta Air Lines will add weekly Delta Connection service (operated by Republic Airline) between New York (LaGuardia) and Key West starting on March 9, 2019.

According to Airline Route the seasonal route will be operated with Embraer 170/175 aircraft.

Republic Airline, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, operates a fleet of nearly 190 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with approximately 950 daily flights to 100 cities in 40 U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express.

On November 16, 2018 Delta confirmed the new route with this announcement:

Delta will launch new seasonal Saturday service between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Key West, boosting the carrier’s seasonal leisure offerings to destinations in Florida and the Caribbean.

The seasonal flights will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Republic Airline from March 9, 2019, through August 31, 2019, on Embraer E-170 aircraft with 9 seats in First Class, 12 in Delta Comfort+ and 48 in the Main Cabin.

The flights will operate on the following schedule and are now available for sale:

Departs Arrives
LGA at 9:00 a.m. EYW at 12:43 p.m.
EYW at 1:13 p.m. LGA at 4:24 p.m.

The Key West flight also joins new winter service to the Caribbean from New York-JFK to Kingston, Port-Au-Prince and Antigua, along with a second daily flight to Nassau. Saturday service between JFK and St. Maarten will increase to a daily frequency next month.

Delta also flies daily between Key West and Atlanta year-round.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Republic): Delta Connection-Republic Airline (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N201JQ (msn 17000235) DCA (Jay Selman). Image: 403808.

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Republic Airways welcomes the first aviation training academy class

Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N173HQ (msn 19000206) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 909600.

Republic Airways Holdings issued this statement:

The first class of future pilots at the Republic Airways Holdings’ LIFT Academy will “take off” on Tuesday. LIFT Academy, a U.S.-based aviation training school located at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), launched in May of 2018 and makes aviation training affordable, accessible and attractive. Over 600 applications were received for the first class.

LIFT Academy makes a career as a commercial pilot more accessible to all by reducing the cost and structural barriers to entry in aviation.  Applying to LIFT is free, and total tuition for the flight academy is $65,000, which is lower than most other aviation training schools in the U.S.  Further, graduates of LIFT are guaranteed a First Officer job with Republic Airways. To further help students with tuition costs, Republic is also offering financing opportunities and loan assistance to those who qualify.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first class to LIFT Academy,” said Matt Koscal, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Republic Airways Holdings. “LIFT Academy is revolutionizing pilot training by introducing the most technologically advanced flight program, while removing barriers such as cost and accessibility that today limit the pilot career to a narrow demographic.”

LIFT Academy features a structured aviation education environment and curriculum that combines flight, flight simulator, online and in-classroom training. Throughout the training program, students train on a fleet of advanced new aircraft and flight simulators produced by Diamond Aircraft Industries, including the DA40 single-engine and the DA42 twin-engine aircraft.  Both aircraft possess the most advanced technology in the industry, including the most sophisticated avionics suite in the market. The program will be further enhanced with Diamond Flight Simulator Training Devices (FSTD) built to achieve the most realistic cockpit simulation environment.

Republic currently hires nearly 700 commercial pilots annually, and that number is expected to grow by 50% over the next decade. The airline industry is currently facing a significant pilot shortage. Reports indicate 637,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed worldwide by 2036 to meet demand because of contributing factors like pilot retirements and worldwide aviation growth.

Interested students can call 317.471.2200 or 1.800.435.2552 and visit Republic Airways officials are available to answers questions regarding the pilot shortage and LIFT Academy.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Republic): Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N173HQ (msn 19000206) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 909600.

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