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Chautauqua to phase out its Embraer ERJ 140s, parent Republic will not cancel its Bombardier CSeries order

Chautauqua Airlines (Indianapolis) is phasing out its Embraer ERJ 140 regional jets it operates for American Airlines. According to ch-aviation, the company will operate the last ERJ 140 flight for AA on August 18. Pilots are being switched to the new Embraer 175s which will be operate under the American Eagle brand.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Indianapolis) is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. The airlines operate a combined fleet of about 250 aircraft and offer scheduled passenger service on about 1,300 flights daily to about 100 cities in the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas through fixed-fee flights operated under our major airline partner brands, including American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express, and US Airways Express.

In other news, Republic Airways Holdings CEO Bryan Bedford has stated the company has no intention of canceling its order for the new, but delayed, Bombardier CSeries aircraft. Republic has 40 CS300s on order. Republic has made the decision to phase out its 50-seat aircraft and will concentrate on the Embraer 170 and 175 series of aircraft and the Bombardier Q400 besides the the CS300s on order according to this interview in the Financial Post.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 140LR (EMB-1135KL) N376SK (msn 145578) arrives in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

American Connection-Chautauqua: AG Slide Show

Route Map of the Republic Airways’ airlines:

Republic-Chautauqua-Shuttle America 5.2014 Route Map



American Eagle’s pilots file an objection to the American-Republic CPA agreement in the bankruptcy court

American Eagle Airlines‘ (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) pilots are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA). The union has filed a formal objection to the capacity purchase agreement (CPA) recently announced between American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis). The objection was filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The proposed agreement between American and Republic would severely divert the flying of large regional jets to a competitor and would needlessly undermine the value of American Eagle, threatening the livelihood of Eagle’s pilots and other employees at the airline. American Eagle, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR, has provided the substantial majority of regional flying for American Airlines, which is also an AMR subsidiary.

“The Eagle pilots negotiated and approved a labor agreement that provides Eagle with market-competitive labor rates for the next eight years,” said Tony Gutierrez, chairman of the Eagle unit of ALPA. “This potential deal signifies AMR’s huge and unnecessary commitment to a third-party company at the expense of its own employees. If this transaction is approved, it is unclear whether a viable number of large regional jet opportunities for American would remain available to Eagle.”

In December, the bankruptcy court approved a long-term collective bargaining agreement between ALPA and Eagle that met cost-savings targets that Eagle management and AMR represented as necessary for Eagle to position itself as competitive in the regional airline industry. In the pilots’ collective bargaining agreement, Eagle management has committed to “aggressively seek to increase flying opportunities when it is economical, practical and feasible to do so, including, but not limited to, bidding on opportunities to provide additional feed to American Airlines.”

Under the proposed agreement, Republic would operate large regional jets (53 Embraer ERJ 175 aircraft) under the American Eagle brand with service to start in June 2013 and continue to increase through 2015. The agreement will then extend through 2027, as it will run for 12 years from each of the covered aircraft’s entry into service.

“Given the lack of disclosure of the economic considerations that led to this contract, the relationship of this agreement to AMR’s strategic choices, and the lack of consideration for Eagle’s interests, we believe that the Court should decline to approve the Republic motion,” states the objection submitted by ALPA.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Embraer ERJ 140LR (EMB-145LR) N825AE (msn 145589) climbs away from Charlotte.

American Eagle: AG Slide Show

American Eagle to fly DFW-Columbus, GA starting on July 15

American Eagle Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will begin nonstop jet service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG), beginning July 15. Eagle will operate the service with 44-seat Embraer ERJ 140 jets.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Embraer ERJ 140LR (EMB-135KL) N853AE (msn 145742) taxies at the Miami hub.