US Airways to backfill Chautauqua capacity

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US Airways decision to end its capacity purchase agreement with the regional carrier Chautauqua Airlines will be capacity neutral.

Jason Reisinger, director of route planning at the Tempe, Arizona-based carrier, says that the reduction in the airline's regional fleet will be backfilled by other aircraft, on the sidelines of the Routes Americas 2013 forum in Cartagena on 11 February.

Republic Airways disclosed that it would phase out the nine 50-seat Embraer 145s that its Chautauqua subsidiary flew for US Airways between 1 April and 1 July, in a stock exchange filing earlier this month.

US Airways' most recent guidance included the aircraft in its feeder fleet through the end of 2013, according to a fleet plan released in January.

The airline has plans to add 16 Airbus A321s, five Airbus A330-200s and two Embraer 190s to its fleet, while removing three Airbus A320s and 18 Boeing 737-400s this year.