The FAA certainly tested its patience, but Republic Airways appeared likely to win an operating certificate for its new Republic Airlines division in time to launch Embraer 170 service for US Airways and Delta Air Lines early this month.
A last-ditch attempt to stave off bankruptcy by Delta Air Lines has seen St. George, Utah-based SkyWest agree to buy Delta Connection subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA). Scheduled for completion this month, the $425 million deal will make SkyWest by far the largest regional airline in the U.S., giving it a combined fleet of 372 airplanes, projected annual enplanements of more than 28 million and 13,400 employees.
GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) has agreed to buy five more Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets for subsequent lease to St. Louis-based GoJet Airlines, the Canadian manufacturer announced last month. Four of the airplanes involve conversions of conditional orders. The other represents a new firm order.
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