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Republic Airlines E-190ARs to fly for Midwest

22nd May 2009 - 12:57 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Midwest Airlines and Republic Airways Holdings are to expand the air services agreement (ASA) between Midwest Airlines and Republic Airlines to include the addition of new Embraer 190AR jets. The E-190s will be configured to seat 100 passengers in a single cabin with seating choice that includes 20 of Midwest's Signature seats. The initial order includes two E-190ARs.

Midwest will introduce the new service in August and September, and will announce new routes and schedules in the near future.

“The addition of the E-190s will provide us new flexibility in terms of our route network and range, with the potential to once again fly nonstop to the West Coast from our Milwaukee hub,” said Timothy Hoeksema, Midwest Airlines chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Hoeksema added that the Embraer aircraft are part of a comprehensive fleet plan currently being finalised by Midwest.

“We are pleased to build on our successful relationship with Midwest Airlines by initiating E-190 service at Republic,” said Bryan Bedford, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Republic Airways. “These aircraft are as impressive in their performance capabilities as they are in their onboard comfort, and will be a valuable asset in supporting the expansion of the Midwest brand to new routes.”

Republic began flying for Midwest under the Midwest Connect brand in October 2008 and currently operates 12 Embraer 170s. Republic operates a total of 130 E-Jets on behalf of Midwest and its other partners, including Delta, United and US Airways.

With the start of service, Republic Airways will become the first US regional airline operator to fly the E-190. The aircraft will be sourced through a 60-month Aircraft Lease Agreement between Republic and GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS).

 

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