US Airways plans to start taking deliveries of Embraer jets again this November under a new agreement to convert its remaining positions on 57 Embraer 170s to 99-seat Embraer 190s, 23 of which remain subject to reconfirmation by the airline. Still subject to bankruptcy court approval, the deal includes options on another 50 airplanes from the Embraer 170/190 line. Under the terms of the transition agreement signed by US Airways and America West pilots soon after the airlines’ merger last year, US Airways pilots will fly the airplanes at newly negotiated mainline rates.
The original contract, signed in 2003, involved a firm order for 85 Embraer 170s, 28 of which Embraer had delivered to US Airways before the bankrupt airline ran out of financing options. As part of a $100 million bail-out deal reached last summer, Republic Airways assumed the leases on 18 and bought the remaining 10 Embraer 170s originally delivered to US Airways and assigned to its now defunct wholly owned MidAtlantic unit.