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Republic Airways Reduces Embraer E195 Aircraft Order

SimpleFlying 11/7/2022 Steven Walker
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US regional carrier Republic Airways has decreased its order with Embraer by 31 aircraft. According to a report issued on November 7th by the Brazilian manufacturer, Republic Airways now has a total of 69 Embraer E175 aircraft awaiting delivery.

Republic Airways was the first airline to fly the Embraer E175 domestically in the US when it began operating them for US Airways Express in March 2007. Today, the carrier operates flights for American Eagle, United Express, and Delta Connection.

Each of Republic Airways’ Embraer E175 seats 76 passengers in a two-class configuration, although the exact seating configuration of each aircraft varies according to the brand under which the aircraft is flying.

A closer look at Republic Airways

Republic Airways first took to the skies in 2005, and has today grown to operate over 1,000 flights per day to 100 cities across 40 US states, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean. The airline's headquarters is located in Indianapolis, and it operates from 11 bases nationwide, including Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), and Philadelphia (PHL).

The majority of Republic Airways’ fleet of over 200 aircraft is made up of Embraer E175 aircraft. With 165 of the type in its fleet, it is the second-largest operator of the aircraft, behind SkyWest Airlines.

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Overcoming the pilot shortage

As pilot shortages continue to blight airlines worldwide, Republic Airways will no doubt be happy with its decision to launch its Lift Academy pilot training school back in May 2018, providing it with a pipeline of qualified pilots.

The school recently developed a unique program in partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University, allowing students to earn a degree while completing their flight training. According to Republic Airways, this then offers them a preferred route into a pilot or maintenance career with the airline.

The airline’s senior vice president and chief administrative officer, Matt Koscal, celebrated the training school, saying,

“We believe the joy of flight should be available to all. With LIFT, we are offering intellectually curious, aspiring aviators a world-class training program and professional environment that best prepares them for the airline industry.”

Clearing the backlog of deliveries

As part of its Q3 report, Embraer confirmed that it had delivered 10 aircraft over the past three months. Embraer is currently working hard to catch up on a backlog of orders, including for its newest E2 family aircraft, such as the Embraer E195-E2. Carriers to have recently placed an order for the Embraer E195-E2 include Porter Airlines (20) and Oman’s SalamAir (6).

Discover more of the latest Embraer aircraft order news here.

The Embraer 175 aircraft remains the manufacturer’s best-selling aircraft to date, with 817 firm orders, followed by the Embraer E190 with 568 orders. The 76-seat aircraft has been an undeniable success for the manufacturer, proving popular with regional carriers around the world, including LOT Polish Airlines and KLM Cityhopper.

Have you flown on a flight operated by Republic Airways? Are you a fan of the Embraer E175? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below.

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