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Republic Airlines
Founded 1973
Hubs As US Airways Express:
Philadelphia International Airport
Ronald Reagan National Airport
As Midwest Airlines
General Mitchell International Airport
Kansas City International Airport
Frequent flyer program Dividend Miles
Fleet size 85
Destinations 59
Parent company Republic Airways Holdings
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
Key people Bryan Bedford (CEO)

Republic Airline, Inc., operates as Republic Airlines (IATA: RWICAO: RPACallsign: BRICKYARD)[1] is a regional airline subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings that operates service as Frontier Airlines, Midwest Airlines and US Airways Express using a fleet of Embraer 170, Embraer 175 and Embraer 190 aircraft. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.[2]



US Airways' pilots had a "scope clause" prohibiting the airline from operating large regional jets such as the Embraer 170. The airline negotiated around this clause by offering flight deck jobs to laid-off US Airways pilots, in a program known as "Jets for Jobs." This agreement created a subsidiary, MidAtlantic Airways. As part of US Airways' bankruptcy restructuring, the 25 Embraer 170s delivered to MidAtlantic were bought by Republic to help US Airways to come out of bankruptcy, which operates them along with additional newly-delivered aircraft on order under a conventional Express carrier contract.

On January 11, 2007, Frontier Airlines announced it had signed an 11-year service agreement with Republic Airlines. Under the agreement, Republic would operate 17 Embraer 170 aircraft for the Frontier Airlines operations. The first aircraft was placed into service in March 2007, and the last aircraft was expected to be placed into service by December 2008. On April 23, 2008, Republic Airways Holdings (parent of Republic Airlines) announced the termination of its service agreement with Frontier Airlines, which entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early April 2008. Republic withdrew all of its Embraer 170-series aircraft serving Frontier on or before June 23, 2008. Due to Republic Airways' need for this aircraft type with its other operations and the high demand for this type in the market, it is likely that these aircraft will be repurposed for other RJET subsidiaries or sold.[3]

On February 1, 2008, Republic Airlines opened a base at Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus Ohio.

Republic also operates 37 Embraer 175 aircraft for US Airways Express.[citation needed]

On September 3, 2008, Republic announced a new 10 year codeshare agreement with Midwest Airlines. The aircraft will be based at Kansas City International Airport beginning October 1, 2008. Twelve aircraft will be placed in service with Midwest. On June 23, 2009, Republic announced it is acquiring Midwest Airlines for $31 million.[4]


Republic Embraer 170 operating in the previous aircraft livery of US Airways Express

As of December 2009 the Republic Airlines fleet includes the following 85 aircraft:[5]

Operates as Flight number range Number and type of aircraft operated Number of seats Notes
Midwest Airlines YX 1500-1699 13 Embraer 170
15 Embraer 190 (8 stored)
E190's being introduced beginning summer 2009 to fly out of MKE and MCI, up to a total of 20+[6]
US Airways Express 38 Embraer 175
18 Embraer 170
dedicated services 3 Embraer 170 76

The Embraer 175 made its United States domestic debut when the first aircraft was delivered to Republic Airlines in March 2007. Total orders are for 36 aircraft, which are to be operated in an 86-seat configuration under the US Airways Express brand name.[7]


Embraer 170 of Republic Airlines in the parent companies common Republic Airways aircraft livery

As of March 2010


For US Airways Express

Destinations in Canada

Destinations in the United States

For Midwest Airlines

For Frontier Airlines

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