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Old 09-17-2008, 02:51 PM   #11  
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Chautauqua Airlines was founded in 1973 in Jamestown, New York by Joel and Gloria Hall. The airlines primary mission was to operate under a code-share agreement with Allegheny Airlines operating as Allegheny Commuter. Initial scheduled operations from Jamestown to Pittsburgh and Buffalo were started with two new nine passenger Beech 99 aircraft.

In 1979, Chautauqua Airlines developed a mini-hub in Orlando, Florida offering service to Ocala, Lakeland, and Vero Beach, Florida. This new service operated under the USAir Express brand as Allegheny had completed a name change to better suit its growing operation. Later that year Chautauqua Airlines added two new 30-passenger Shorts 3-30 aircraft and expanded its operation to include service out of USAir’s hub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Canton/Akron.

In 1984 the airline added five new 19 passenger Fairchild Metro III aircraft to its fleet. In1986 Chautauqua Airlines was purchased by GAC. Later that year the airline entered into a an agreement with Saab Aircraft of America for the purchase of Twelve, 30-passenger Saab 340 aircraft to replace the slower Shorts 3-30’s.


On May 8, 1994 the airline announced the renewal of the code-share agreement with USAir. The new agreement included a route realignment, which required the airline to relocate the corporate headquarters to Indianapolis, Indiana to better support its growing operation. As the airline completed the transition flying routes previously operated by Jetstream International Airlines further growth was to come. Chautauqua Airlines would later gain the routes it had previously operated via an agreement with Jetstream International Airlines to acquire its entire fleet of 19-seat BAE Jetstream 31 aircraft.



Chautauqua Airlines continued to take delivery of Saab 340 aircraft in 1995 and 1996. New US Airways Express service was started between Newark International Airport and Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, NY as well as service between Pittsburgh and Fort Wayne, Indiana and Flint, Michigan..

On May 15, 1998 Wexford Capital, LLC of Greenwich Connecticut purchased Chautauqua Airlines. In March 1999, the airline entered into an agreement with Embraer for the purchase of ten ERJ-145, 50 passenger regional jet aircraft.

In July 1999, Chautauqua Airlines announced the appointment of Bryan K. Bedford as President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, the airline announced the appointment of Robert Hal Cooper as Vice president and Chief Financial Officer. The airline continued to attract several well-known industry veterans to its senior management ranks as it positioned itself for continued growth.

In November 1999, Chautauqua Airlines announced a new Ten-year code-share agreement with Trans World Airlines. As a part of the agreement, Chautauqua Airlines will operate at least 15 Embraer 145 50 passenger regional jet aircraft with an option for an additional 15 aircraft. All 15 firm ordered aircraft will be in service by the fourth quarter of 2001..

On March 21, 2001 Chautauqua Airlines announced that it has entered into a new partnership with America West Airlines to operate regional jets under a code-share agreement which calls for the airline to operate as an America West Express affiliate in the eastern United States. The agreement with Chautauqua calls for the deployment in 2001 and 2002 of 12 Embraer 145 regional jets to serve Midwestern and Eastern business markets including Chicago, Baltimore and Boston from America West's Columbus hub. The arrangement also includes an option for an additional 12 Embraer 145’s for operation in the America West Express system. The new partnership with Chautauqua reaffirms America West's commitment to its Columbus, Ohio hub providing opportunities for increasing flights to both existing and new markets.

On June 19, 2001 Chautauqua Airlines announced the renewal of the existing regional jet service agreement with American Airlines, which earlier in the year had purchased TWA to provide feeder service at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. As part of the multi-year agreement, Chautauqua will make a transition away from 50-seat regional jets to 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 units by June of 2002. Then airline will maintain its current delivery schedule for 15 regional jets with 20 options.

On March 11th 2002, Republic Airways Holdings Inc., the parent of Chautauqua Airlines, announced that is has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the initial public offering of its common stock. All of the shares are being offered by Republic Airways Holdings on the NASDAQ national market under the ticker symbol RJET.

On June 10th, 2002 Chautauqua Airlines announced an agreement for Chautauqua to provide regional jet service in Florida for the Delta Connection network beginning in November 2002. Chautauqua will be the fifth regional carrier in the Delta Connection system and will serve mid-Atlantic and Florida markets with a total of 22 Embraer regional jets by the end of 2003.



On June 11th, 2002 Chautauqua Airlines announced the order of 22 Embraer regional jets including 15, 37 passenger ERJ 135’s and 7 50 passenger ERJ145’s with options for 30 additional aircraft. This brings Chautauqua’s firm orders for Embraer regional jets to 75. In addition, Chautauqua will be one of two carriers that operate the entire family of ERJ aircraft.
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On January 26th, 2004 Air Transport World announced the selection of Chautauqua Airlines as regional Airline of the Year. This marks the first time in the 30 year history of the Air Transport World Airline Achievement Awards program that an a senior management team has received this recognition at two different airlines. Several members of the current senior management team at Chautauqua worked together at Mesaba Airlines in 1997 when Mesaba Airlines was selected for this award.

On February 12, 2003, Chautauqua Airlines announced that it had reached agreement with America West Airlines to end the marketing agreement for the twelve ERJ 145’s operating under the America West Express program. The aircraft will transition to the Delta Connection program beginning in April of 2003 with all 12 aircraft entering Delta Connection service by July of 2003. On the same day, Delta Connection, Inc. announced new service from Port Columbus International Airport including 11 new daily departures. This transition allows Chautauqua to keep its current employee levels in Columbus. The additional flights offered under the Delta Connection program positions Chautauqua Airlines as the largest operator at Port Columbus International Airport.



On March 2, 2004 Delta Connection announced Chautauqua Airlines will receive an additional 13 Embraer regional jet (ERJ) aircraft for 2004 and 2005, bringing Chautauqua’s total Delta Connection flying to 47 regional jet aircraft.



On March 8, 2004 United Airlines announced that Chautauqua Airlines and Republic Airlines have joined United Express. Under a new agreement, Chautauqua will operate sixteen 50-seat regional jets for United Express. In addition, United has authorized Republic to fly sixteen 70-seat regional jets under the United Express livery.



On April 30, 2004, Regional Airline World announced the selection of Chautauqua Airlines as regional Airline of the Year. This is the first time a carrier has won Airline of the Year honors by two industry publications in the same year. In addition, Regional Airline World announced the selection of Bryan Bedford as Airline Executive of the Year.



On May 26, 2004, Republic Airways completed its initial public offering of 5.0 million common shares at a price of $13 per share. The Company retained approximately $39 million after paying offering expenses, underwriters’ discounts and repaying debt. The company trades on the NASDAQ National Market under the ticker symbol of RJET.



On July 12, 2004 Republic Airways announced that its primary subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines is the first airline in the United States and second regional airline in the world to be registered with IOSA.




On October 26, 2004 Republic Airways announced that its subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines has begun scheduled passenger service with two, new seventy-passenger Embraer 170 aircraft in the United Express system. The aircraft are operating between Washington Dulles and Houston, Washington Dulles and Indianapolis, and Chicago and Indianapolis.



On December 22, 2004 Republic Airways announced the addition of 17 firm and 35 option EMBRAER 170’s to its order book. This brings Republic’s order book for EMBRAER 170s to 40 firm and 60 options of Embraer 170 aircraft.



Also on December 22, 2004 Republic Airways announced that its Republic Airlines subsidiary had agreed with Delta Air Lines, Inc. to operate the Embraer 170 aircraft as a Delta Connection partner.



On March 14, 2005 Republic Airways announced that along with its majority shareholder Wexford Capital LLC, had reached agreement with US Airways Group, Inc. on an omnibus agreement which includes provisions for the affirmation of an amended Chautauqua Airlines Jet Service Agreement (JSA); a potential new jet service agreement with a Republic subsidiary for the operation of Embraer 170 and 190 aircraft; and up to $110 million in asset related financing.



On April 21, 2005 Republic Airways announced that it has made a conditional offer to purchase Shuttle America Corporation from Shuttle Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Wexford Capital LLC, for the purchase price of $1 million plus the assumption of less than $1 million in debt.



On May 9, 2005 Republic Airways announced that it has completed the purchase of Shuttle America Corporation from Shuttle Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Wexford Capital LLC, for the purchase price of $1 million plus the assumption of less than $1 million in debt to Wexford Capital LLC.



On June 1, 2005 Republic Airways subsidiary, Shuttle America commenced scheduled Embraer 170 operations under the United Express brand.



On June 23, 2005 Republic Airways announced today that it has amended its airline services agreement with United Airlines to provide an additional five 70-seat Embraer 170’s. This amendment brings the total number of 170’s to be operated in the United Express program to 28 aircraft, including two spares.


On August 29, 2005 Republic Airways announced t it’s Flight Attendants represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has ratified a new four year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement passed by an overwhelming majority. Over 90% of the ballots received were in favor of ratification of the agreement.



On August 29, 2005 Republic Airways announced that its Republic Airlines subsidiary has received its Part 121 Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).



On August 30, 2005 Republic Airways announced today that its pilots represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have ratified a side letter with the company for the operation of larger regional jet aircraft with US Airways in accordance with its labor scope restrictions. The amended agreement with the pilots union will allow Republic Airways to complete its proposal to US Airways for the operation of up to 25 Embraer 190’s.



On September 4, 2005 Republic Airlines commenced scheduled passenger service operating 3 Embraer 170’s under a code-share agreement with US Airways Express. The airline currently plans to operate 28 aircraft on behalf of US Airways.




On February 24, 2006 Republic Airways Holdings reported that its Chautauqua Airlines subsidiary was selected as the first recipient of the Aviation Excellence Award from Flight International. The selection was announced at an awards gala in Singapore. Chautauqua Airlines won the Flight Operations category of the Aviation Excellence Award.



On July 21, 2006 Republic Airways reported that its Chautauqua Airlines subsidiary was selected by Continental Airlines to provide and operate 44 50–seat regional jets as a Continental Express carrier beginning in January 2007.


Additionally on July 21, 2006 Republic Airways today announced that it had reached an agreement for the purchase of 30 firm 86-seat E175 aircraft for its Republic Airlines operation. This brings to 106 firm and 75 options the total number of E-Jets on order for Republic Airways. These 30 aircraft were originally options under the amended and restated aircraft purchase agreement between US Airways and Embraer. With the consent of Embraer, US Airways has assigned 30 of its 50 E175 delivery positions to Republic. Republic Airways will purchase and finance these aircraft.



On July 24, 2006 Republic Airways the parent company of Republic Airlines, announced that its Republic Airlines subsidiary had signed an amendment to its jet services agreement with US Airways which calls for Republic to operate thirty 86-seat Embraer 175 aircraft as US Airways Express. These aircraft are in addition to the twenty-eight 72-seat Embraer 170 aircraft currently in service. The new Embraer 175s will replace 20 existing 50-seat Embraer 145s operated for US Airways Express by Republic Airways Chautauqua Airlines subsidiary. The remaining 10 Embraer 175 deliveries will either replace other retiring regional aircraft or be used for limited growth in 2008
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