Republic to terminate ERJ agreements with American and United

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Republic Airlines will terminate the agreements covering 27 Embraer ERJ aircraft with American Airlines and United Airlines once it removes the regional jets from service.

The Indianapolis-based regional carrier’s Chautauqua Airlines subsidiary will remove 15 ERJ-140s at American by 19 August and 12 ERJ-145s at United by 1 April, it says in a stock exchange filing after the close of markets in New York on 4 March. It will end the respective agreements with the mainline carriers the same day.

Chautauqua has operated the ERJ-140 aircraft for American since 2002 and the ERJ-145s for United since 2006.

Republic said that it needed to remove the aircraft due to a lack of qualified pilots in early February. However, it could place some of the aircraft back in service if its pilots approve a tentative contract that was reached later in February.

A vote on the contract will be complete in April.

It is not clear whether American or United would want to return the aircraft to their respective regional fleets. Both airlines are reducing the number of regional jets with 50 seats or less in their feeder operations.