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American to expand its domestic network in early 2019

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N105HQ (msn 17000163) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403920.

American Airlines, according to Airline Route, is adding new domestic routes in the first quarter of 2019 from its hubs:

Chicago (O’Hare):

Key West – weekly flight effective February 16, 2019 (Envoy Air)

Charlotte:

Traverse City – weekly flight effective June 8, 2019 (PSA Airlines)

Dallas/Fort Worth:

Augusta, GA – daily flights effective March 3, 2019 (Envoy Air)

Bakersfield – daily flights effective March 3, 2019 (Mesa Airlines)

Burbank/Hollywood – daily flights effective April 2, 2019 (mainline)

Gainesville, FL – daily flights effective March 3, 2019 (Envoy Air)

Harlingen – daily flights effective March 3, 2019 (Envoy Air)

Monterey, CA – daily flights effective April 2, 2019 (Mesa Airlines)

Yuma – daily flights effective March 3, 2019 (Mesa Airlines)

Los Angeles:

Tulsa – daily flights effective April 2, 2019 (Compass Airlines)

New York (JFK):

San Antonio – daily flights effective February 14, 2019 (mainline)

New York (LGA):

Knoxville – daily flights effective February 14, 2019 (Republic Airline)

Philadelphia:

Key West – weekly flights effective February 16, 2019 (Republic Airline)

Melbourne, FL – weekly flights effective February 16, 2019 (Republic Airline)

Washington (Reagan National):

Oklahoma City – daily flights effective February 14, 2019 (Republic Airline)

On the international front, American Airlines will add the following routes according to Airline Route:

Charlotte – Santo Domingo – weekly flights effective June 8, 2019 (mainline)

Dallas/Fort Worth:

Durango, Mexico – daily flights effective June 6, 2019 (Envoy Air)

San Pedro Sula – four weekly flights effective June 7, 2019 through August 17, 2019 (mainline)

Santo Domingo – weekly flights effective June 8, 2019 through August 17, 2019 (mainline)

Tegucigalpa – weekly flights effective June 6, 2019 to August 20, 2019 (mainline)

Miami – Santiago (Cuba) – daily flights effective May 3, 2019 (mainline)

New York (LGA) – Aruba – weekly flights effective June 8, 2019 (mainline)

Top Copyright Photo: American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N105HQ (msn 17000163) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403920.

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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 flywithLIFT.com. 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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American to expand domestic winter routes from Miami and Charlotte

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N442YX (msn 17000446) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403792.

American Airlines is again offering winter seasonal service from its Miami hub starting on December 19, 2018.

The carrier will operate daily seasonal service to Buffalo with Airbus A319s.

American will also offer twice-daily Miami – Fort Myers service with Embraer 175s operated by Republic Airlines.

Additionally Republic Airlines will also operate its Embraer 175s on a new nonstop daily flight to Grand Rapids according to Airline Route.

Republic will also operate a daily Miami – Houston with Embraer 175s.

From the Charlotte hub, Envoy Air will operate American Eagle service to Champaign, IL starting also on December 19, 2018.

Additionally Piedmont Airlines (2nd) will operate Embraer 145s on a Charlotte – Ithaca routing effective December 22, 2018.

Copyright Photo (all others by Republic): American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N442YX (msn 17000446) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403792.

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Teamster pilots ratify contract extension at Republic Airline

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N103HQ (msn 17000159) PHL (Jay Selman). Image: 403115.

Republic Airline pilots who are members of Teamsters Local 357 have ratified a contract extension of their 2015 collective bargaining agreement.

The extension includes immediate pay raises retroactive to January 1, 2018. Additional raises over the next 23 months provide for a total wage increase of 14 to 28 percent, dependent upon length of service. In addition to the wage increase, improvements were made to vacation accruals and company retirement contributions.

The agreement was reached well ahead of an October 2018 amendable date. The new amendable date is January 1, 2021.

“We’re pleased to have negotiated an extension that values the service Teamster pilots at Republic provide. Reaching an agreement well ahead of the original amendable date is consistent with the goal of shortened but more frequent negotiating cycles. The union leadership feels that incremental improvements have a more immediate effect, and also have the benefit that the aggregate increase will be larger than a single comprehensive agreement achieved over the same time period. This extension was ratified by 51 percent of those voting, with 85 percent participation. Those numbers suggest that this new approach will have to be proven successful to the membership through continuous improvements in the future,” said Josh LeBlanc, President of Local 357.

Teamsters Local 357, based in Plainfield, Indiana, represents over 2,000 pilots flying for Republic.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N103HQ (msn 17000159) PHL (Jay Selman). Image: 403115.

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American to expand Washington Reagan National operations next spring

American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N574NN (msn 15365) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403063.

American Airlines is planning to expand operations at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) with three new American Eagle routes. Republic Airlines will add daily DCA – Little Rock E175 jet service on April 3, 2018 per Airline Route.

Additionally PSA Airlines will add the DCA – Montgomery (CRJ200) route on June 7, 2018 and daily DCA – Tallahassee (CRJ900) service on February 15, 2018.

AA is also converting weekend service from DCA to both Destin/Fort Walton Beach and Myrtle Beach to daily service for the summer 2018 season.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N574NN (msn 15365) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403063.

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Republic Airways Holdings and American Airlines reach a long term agreement, Shuttle America to be phased out

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N137HQ (msn 17000231) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402600.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has announced it has reached an agreement with American Airlines that secures a long-term relationship between the two airlines and has also filed a motion for its approval in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The amended agreement provides for:

  • a single capacity purchase agreement that prescribes the flying commitments and obligations of Republic and American related to the legacy American and US Airways capacity purchase agreements;
  • permitting the removal of certain aircraft, an extension in duration of Republic’s flying for certain aircraft for American, which will facilitate Republic’s ability to favorably restructure the remaining aircraft financing obligations, and allowing for the potential restoration of service of a certain number of aircraft, subject to Republic’s ability to secure suitable financing of the aircraft;
  • facilitates Republic’s transition to a single air carrier operating certificate by reconfiguring 80-seat aircraft to 76-seat configuration (Embraer 175s).

The parties anticipate that the motion will be heard before the Honorable Sean H. Lane on September 21, 2016. The new agreement will become effective in accordance with the terms of the Amendment following issuance of the approval order by the court.

Copyright Photo: The Embraer 170s and 175s are gradually being transferred from Shuttle America to sister airline Republic Airlines (2nd). American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N137HQ (msn 17000231) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402600.

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Republic Airways pilots ratify a new three-year contract

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Republic Airlines 2nd and Shuttle America) (Indianapolis) has announced that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ (IBT) Local 357, which represent the approximately 2,100 pilots of Republic, have voted by a margin of 76% to ratify a new three-year contract, with approximately 85% of the eligible pilots voting.

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The three-year agreement becomes effective on or about November 1. The agreement invests approximately $50 million a year on average over the three-year duration of the new agreement, including both the ratification bonus and the anniversary bonus. The new agreement includes significant improvements in work rules and pilot quality of life. Additionally, it establishes pay rates that recognize Republic’s pilots as leaders in the regional airline industry, including a transformational $40/hr first year new hire rate.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N135HQ (msn 17000224) of Republic Airlines operating as an American Eagle carrier arrives at Baltimore-Washington (BWI).

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