US Airways wants E-190s 'as quickly as possible': CEO

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US Airways wants to bring Embraer 190s into its fleet “as quickly as possible”, chairman, president and CEO Doug Parker reveals.

Speaking to ATI today at the Las Vegas World Aviation Forum, Parker confirmed that the newly merged carrier is in talks with Embraer for an E-190 order.

But management “is still working on” a timeline for bringing the 98-seat aircraft into the fleet, he says.

US Airways plans to use E-190s to grow its fleet as well as to replace previously returned Boeing 737s, as well as eventually 50-seat regional jets.

The carrier this summer issued a request for proposals (RFP) to Air Wisconsin, Mesa Air Group and Republic Airways Holdings for the operation of up to 25 E-190s.

But a merger transition agreement brokered between mainline pilots and management at former America West Airlines and US Airways dictates that all E-190 flying will be conducted by mainline, making moot the carrier’s E-190 RFP.

Parker says the company “feels very good about the fact that we now have agreement with [the pilots] on E-190s” which will be flown at JetBlue Airways’ “competitive” pay rates.