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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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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Among the new services are year-round daily flights to Jacksonville in Florida and Richmond in Virginia. Delta Air Lines will also offer new service from Boston to Las Vegas.

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Delta Air Lines plans to make First Class service available on all U.S. domestic flights longer than 750 miles, or about two-and-a-half hours of flight time, beginning this fall. When the upgrade is complete, 50 routes that currently feature Delta Connection flights with only one class of service will be upgraded to two-cabin aircraft with First and Economy Class service.

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Mesa Air Group, Mokulele Flight Service Inc. and Mokulele’s majority shareholder have agreed to create a joint venture to provide Hawaii inter-island airline service under the joint go! and Mokulele brand names, in the co-branded ‘go! Mokulele’ operation.

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