Republic Airways History

American Connection The Small Jet Era 1999-2003

March 1999

Chautauqua buys 10 ERJ-145 aircraft

The airline enters into an agreement with Embraer to purchase 10 50-passenger Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet aircraft.


July 1999

Bryan Bedford appointed president and CEO


November 1999

Chautauqua announces 10-year agreement with Trans World Airlines

As a part of the new codeshare agreement, Chautauqua to operate at least 15 Embraer 145 50-passenger regional jet aircraft, with options for 15 additional aircraft.


March 21, 2001

Chautauqua announces partnership with America West Airlines

Chautauqua announces that it has entered into a new partnership with America West Airlines to operate regional jets under a codeshare agreement that called for the airline to operate as an America West Express affiliate in the Eastern United States.


June 19, 2001

Chautauqua renews the existing regional jet service agreement with American Airlines

Chautauqua announces the renewal of the existing regional jet service agreement with American Airlines, which earlier in the year had purchased TWA. As part of the multi-year agreement, Chautauqua makes a transition away from 50-seat regional jets to 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 aircraft.


June 10, 2002

Chautauqua to provide regional jet service in Florida for the Delta Connection

Chautauqua Airlines announced an agreement to provide regional jet service in Florida for the Delta Connection network, beginning in November 2002.


February 12, 2003

Chautauqua agrees to end the America West Airlines marketing agreement for twelve ERJ 145s

Chautauqua agrees with America West Airlines to end the marketing agreement for the twelve ERJ 145’s operating under the America West Express program and transition to the Delta Connection program.