Indianapolis-based Republic Airways subsidiary Republic Airlines launched its first Embraer E-Jet service as an American Eagle affiliate on August 1, flying 76-seat E175s from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Albuquerque International Sunport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport. Operating the E175s under a 12-year capacity purchase agreement with American Airlines, Republic expects delivery of two or three of the airplanes each month until Embraer fills its order for 47 by the first quarter of 2015.
The new E175s hold 12 first-class seats and 64 economy seats, including 20 installed in American’s Main Cabin Extra configuration.
American’s fleet plan calls for removal of smaller regional aircraft such as ATR turboprops and Embraer ERJ-135s by year-end, and the deployment of 215 “large” regional jets within its network by 2018. A long-time partner of American Airlines, Republic Airways’ Chautauqua Airlines subsidiary flies fifteen 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140s from Chicago.