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Republic to fly 8 more E-170s for Delta

Republic Airways Holdings has amended its capacity purchase agreement with Delta Air Lines to provide for the addition of eight dual-class Embraer 170s.

The aircraft are expected to enter Delta Connection service between May and September this year and will have a term of six years from the in-service date for Delta. Once these aircraft are added, Republic and its subsidiaries will operate a total of 48 aircraft on behalf of Delta – 16 E-175s, 8 E-170s, and 24 ERJ 145s.

"We are pleased to grow our E-Jet relationship with Delta by adding these aircraft to our existing agreement," remarked Bryan Bedford, chairman, president and CEO of Republic Airways. "This announcement reaffirms our commitment and desire to be a solutions provider for our network airline partners."

The eight E-170s are currently operating in service under Republic’s branded operation, Frontier Airlines. The company expects to utilise ERJ 145 aircraft that are being removed from fixed-fee service with Continental in the second quarter of 2011 and Q400 aircraft that are currently held for sale to backfill a portion or all of the Frontier flying vacated by the removal of the E-170s.

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