Chautauqua Airlines

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Chautauqua Airlines
Chautauqua Airlines.png
IATA
RP
ICAO
CHQ
Callsign
CHAUTAUQUA
Founded 1973
Hubs
Frequent-flyer program AAdvantage (American)
Mileage Plus (United)
SkyMiles (Delta)
Alliance Oneworld (American)
Star Alliance (United)
SkyTeam (Delta)
Fleet size 71
Destinations 98
Parent company Republic Airways Holdings
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Key people Bryan Bedford (CEO)
Website www.flychautauqua.com

Chautauqua Airlines, Inc., is a regional airline and a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings based in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.[1] Based on 2009 published flight schedules, it operates scheduled passenger services on more than 700 flights daily to 98 airports in 31 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada through feeder services under the names AmericanConnection for American Airlines, United Express for United Airlines, and Delta Connection for Delta Air Lines.

Chautauqua has a crew base at its headquarters in Indianapolis (Indianapolis International Airport), and also has crew bases at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Louisville International Airport, O'Hare International Airport and Port Columbus International Airport.

History[edit]

Frontier Express Embraer ERJ-145 operated by Chautauqua
American Connection Embraer ERJ-140 operated by Chautauqua
Republic Airways Holdings traces it roots to Chautauqua. See also: History of Republic Airways Holdings

Chautauqua Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, which employed approximately 5,000 aviation professionals as of April 2008.[2] The Chautauqua aircraft are deployed under the “express” banners of four major airlines; American, United, Delta, and U.S. Airways. Chautauqua Airlines do not fly their aircraft in their own aircraft livery color scheme, but colors and branding of the airlines they serve. They do, however, have several “blue tail” aircraft which they operate for independent charters and when other aircraft are in maintenance. Chautauqua airlines currently operates an all-jet fleet of Embraer aircraft. Chautauqua is historically significant for it is one of the last remaining companies still in business that once flew as a part of the Allegheny Commuter. Allegheny Commuter was one of the first regional franchisee systems combining independent regional and commuter airlines under one seemingly contiguous and seamless brand. Ironically, it no longer services the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport from which it began.

The airline was established on May 3, 1973, in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, USA, and started operations on August 1, 1974 using two 15-passenger Beech 99 aircraft. In 1984, the airline grew by adding five 19-passenger Fairchild Metro III aircraft to its fleet. In 1986, Chautauqua Airlines was purchased by GAC, an affiliate of Guarantee Security Life Insurance Company, and added twelve 30-passenger Saab 340 aircraft to replace slower Shorts 3-30’s in the fleet.[3]

Chautauqua Airlines had a rough year in 1994, posting its first loss in 20 years. The loss can be attributed to the crash of an American Eagle commuter plane flying from Indianapolis to Chicago. (see American Eagle flight 4184) Media coverage of the crash spread quickly, and because of its association, Chautauqua Airlines lost passengers who had come to distrust commuter planes. However, Chautauqua Airlines bounced back, while renewing its code-share agreement with US Airways on May 8, 1994. To better support its growing operations, the corporate headquarters were relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana.[3]

Chautauqua was acquired by Wexford Management in January 1998 and also entered into an agreement with Embraer for the purchase of ten 50-passenger Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet aircraft. In 1999, Chautauqua entered into a 10-year code-share agreement with Trans World Airlines to operate at least fifteen Embraer 145 regional jets for the airline. In June 2001, American Airlines, who had purchased TWA, renewed the existing regional jet service with Chautauqua for feeder service at St. Louis using 44-seat Embraer 140 aircraft. In March 2001, Chautauqua entered into a partnership with America West to operate as an America West Express affiliate using twelve Embraer 145 jets in the Eastern United States, but ended this service in February 2003. In November 2002, Chautauqua began flying regional jet service to Florida for Delta. In March 2004, United Airlines announced that Chautauqua Airlines would operate sixteen 50-seat regional jets for United Express.[3]

On May 26, 2004, an IPO was launched on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol RJET with Wexford Capital remaining the majority shareholder of Republic Airways Holdings, the parent company of Chautauqua Airlines. Later that year, Republic Airways announced a new jet-service agreement with US Airways for the operation of Embraer 170 and Embraer 190 aircraft.[3] Chautauqua was one of the first U.S. operators of the Embraer 170 regional jet, but was forced to transfer these aircraft to sister company Shuttle America in 2005 after the pilots’ union at American Airlines claimed the aircraft violated a “scope clause” regulating the size of regional aircraft operated under American brands.[4] In the first half of 2007, Chautauqua took delivery of 24 Canadair CRJs and flew them under a code-share agreement with Continental Airlines. Some of these aircraft were previously owned by Atlantic Coast Airlines (Independence Air), and some were owned by Comair. It has phased out all of its Bombardier CRJ products.[5]

In early 2006, Chautauqua opened its new aircraft maintenance complex, capable of holding nine planes, at Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Kentucky. Maintenance is performed in Indianapolis, Columbus, Louisville, and St. Louis. Their ERJ-135/140/145 heavy ‘C-check’ maintenance is performed in Columbus, Ohio.[6]

In October 2012, Republic Airways reworked a deal with partner Delta Air Lines, part of the company's broader effort to trim costs and boost revenue amid a decline in demand for regional airline service, to operate seven additional 50-seat Embraer 145 planes under the Delta Connection brand.[7]

Awards[edit]

Awards received by Chautauqua Airlines
Year Organization Award
2004
Air Transport World (ATW) Industry Achievement Awards Regional Airline of the Year [8]
2004
Regional Airline World Regional Airline of the Year[9]
2004
Regional Airline World Airline Executive of the Year (President & CEO Bryan Bedford)[9]
2006
Flight International Aviation Excellence Award [10]
2008
Air Transport World (ATW) Industry Achievement Awards Regional Airline of the Year [8]

Maintenance violation accusations[edit]

In April 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a US$348,000 fine against Chautauqua Airlines for allegedly not performing required inspections for three years.[11]

The FAA alleged that:

  • The airline flew an Embraer 145 jet for 43 days past the time one of its inertial navigation units should have been replaced.

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

As of January 2014, the Chautauqua Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[12]

Aircraft Total Stored Orders Passengers Livery Notes
F Y Total
Embraer ERJ-140 15 44 44 (14) AmericanConnection Last Flight August 19, 2014 1 unbranded plane
Embraer ERJ-145 55 3 50 50 (31) Delta Connection, (13) United Express Last Flight April 1, 2014 for Cleveland system only 14 unbranded planes
Total 70 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us". Republic Airways Holdings. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Republic Airways Reports a 28% Increase in April 2008 Traffic" (Press release). Republic Airways Holdings. May 7, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Chautauqua Airlines History". Republic Airways Holdings. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=Shuttle_America  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Chautauqua Airlines to phase out the seven CRJ200s operated for Continental Airlines". seatllepi.com. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Chautauqua breaking ground on airport expansion". Business First (American City Business Journals). March 8, 2005. 
  7. ^ "Republic adjusts regional flying relationship with Delta". thedeal.com. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "ATW Industry Achievement Awards Description & History". Air Transport World. 
  9. ^ a b "Republic Airways". 
  10. ^ "Chautauqua Airlines Receives Aviation Excellence Award From Flight International" (Press release). February 24, 2006. 
  11. ^ Stoller, Gary (April 28, 2010). "Chautauqua Airlines accused of maintenance violations". USA Today. 
  12. ^ "Chautauqua Airlines". ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 

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