United Airlines Takes Over Republic Order for 24 Embraer 175s

United Airlines has signed a firm purchase contract for 24 Embraer 175 regional jets. This order represents a transfer of 24 Embraer 175s previously ordered by Republic Airways Holdings and currently in Embraer’s backlog.

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Embraer says it will deliver the five aircraft, each of which will be configured with 76 seats in two cabin classes, in mid- 2016.

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Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which operates the world’s largest fleet of Embraer E-Jets, has placed a firm order for 50 Embraer 175s as part of a three-way deal which will also see it transfer 24 Bombardier Q400 turboprops to UK regional airline Flybe.

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Embraer has delivered the 1,000th E-Jet production aircraft, an Embraer 175 which the manufacturer handed over to Republic Airlines at the manufacturer’s final-assembly line at São José dos Campos in Brazil. Republic Airlines will operate the Embraer 175 on behalf of American Eagle.

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The order follows the signing of a 12-year capacity purchase deal between American Airlines and Republic Airways Holdings for the regional-airline holding company to acquire 53 Embraer 175 jets, all branded with the newly revealed American Eagle livery and operated by Republic Airlines.

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Frontier Airlines is launching non-stop service in November between Orlando International Airport and both Trenton Mercer Airport in New Jersey and Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina.

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The airline has re-booked customers who purchased tickets to fly to or from Houston Hobby Airport on July 11 and beyond on flights to or from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport.

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Frontier Airlines is launching non-stop, five-times-weekly service to Bismarck in North Dakota on May 17 from its Denver International Airport hub.

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Frontier Airlines’ parent Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. has upgraded a previously announced memorandum of understanding for 80 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft into a firm order for 60 Airbus A320neos and 20 A319neos.

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The commitment from Republic for 40 A319neos and 40 A320neos, announced on June 22 at the Paris Airshow, makes the U.S. company a launch customer for the A319neo.

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The routes will be operated by 37-seat Embraer 135 regional jets operated for Frontier Airlines by sister Republic Airways Holdings subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines.

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The carrier will operate one daily round-trip flight between April 18 and June 5, 2011, at which point Frontier Airlines will increase its summer service to four daily round-trip flights.

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The new E-Jets – the 99-seat Embraer 190AR and the 116-seat Embraer 195AR – will be operated by Frontier Airlines, Republic’s low-cost carrier, which was acquired by the group in 2009.

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Its parent company Republic Airways Holdings already the largest operator of Embraer E-Jets in the world, U.S. regional airline Republic Airlines has signed a letter of intent at the 47th Farnborough International Airshow for 24 more Embraer 190 jets.

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Republic Airways Holdings has decided that the Frontier name and Frontier’s famous “spokesanimals” will be the face of the unified branded airline that will result from the integration of Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines, both of which Republic bought in the latter half of 2009.

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Republic Airways Holdings has been declared the winning bidder in the auction to acquire Frontier Airlines, beating off a late but stiff challenge from Southwest Airlines.

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