Republic aligns CSeries deliveries with A319 returns

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Republic Airways Holdings has aligned the delivery dates of its CSeries aircraft with existing expiration dates on the Airbus A319s operated by subsidiary Frontier Airlines.

The first of 40 single-class CSeries CS300s will be delivered to Frontier in the second quarter of 2015.

"We wish [the CSeries aircraft] were coming tomorrow. It is a fantastic aircraft," Republic chief executive Bryan Bedford said yesterday at the Regional Airline Association (RAA) convention in Milwaukee.

He says the 138-seat aircraft gives Frontier huge flexibility to either "stay neutral" by accepting CSeries deliveries while returning A319s to their owners or to grow by extending the A319 leases.

Flightglobal's ACAS fleet database shows that Frontier operates 38 A319s. GECAS and ILFC are among the leasing firms that own the A319s.