Indianapolis-based Republic Airways signaled an interest in acquiring Airbus A320neos last week, when the airline’s vice president and corporate controller, Joe Allman, said the airline spent $8 million during this year’s first quarter on a so-called placeholder deposit for the re-engined A320-family jets.
Republic Airways said it has amended its capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Delta Air Lines to provide for the addition of eight dual-class Embraer E170s for a period of at least six years. Republic plans to place the 70-seat jets into Delta Connection service between May and September, after removing them from its Frontier Airlines system.
A change in management philosophy at Seattle-based Horizon Air will next see it adopt the colors and livery of its parent company, Alaska Airlines, and largely retire the Horizon brand by some time early next year.
Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group expected to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in late January approved its reorganization plan.
Czech-based aircraft management and charter operator ABS Jets is seeking to step up its ambitious expansion plans through negotiations with prospective Russian and Austrian partners. The company hopes to establish a new subsidiary in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, as well as a possible new operation in Kazakhstan. At the same time, ABS has been negotiating for a prospective tie-up with an FBO in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Republic Airways signed a firm order last month for six Embraer E190s, all of which it plans to deploy with its Denver-based Frontier Airlines subsidiary between August and December of next year. The companies also concluded negotiations on a conditional order for another 18 E190s and/or E195s. Embraer expects the conditional order to become firm by April 15 next year.
On November 19, Embraer delivered the first Legacy 650. It went to Amsair Aircraft, which is owned by Lord Alan Sugar, and will be based at London Stansted Airport. The bizliner will be operated by Titan Airways Executive, an air charter firm at Stansted.
Beijing-based Embraer China Aircraft Technical Services, which was inaugurated in July, has been named an Embraer-authorized service center and will support Tianjin Airlines. It is the first airline in China to be so designated. Under the terms of the agreement the Chinese company will carry out line and heavy maintenance for the ERJ-145 and E190 in accordance with China Civil Aviation Regulation Part 145.
Republic Airways plans to continue operating three Bombardier Q400 turboprops from Denver this winter, reversing earlier plans to dismantle the fleet completely. As a result, Republic intends to continue to connect Denver with Aspen until at least April. Republic in February announced plans to replace all 11 Bombardier Q400s flown by its Lynx Airlines subsidiary with Embraer E170s and E190s.
The consolidation of the airline industry extended to the low-fare segment in dramatic fashion this morning, as Southwest Airlines announced that it has agreed to acquire all the outstanding common stock of AirTran Holdings for a combination of cash and Southwest Airlines common stock.