Ever wonder how many aircraft an airline owns or how many people work for an airline you admire? Since you are either a pilot or interested in becoming a pilot, quite possibly a professional pilot, you may find the statistics of one airline interesting. As research is available on other airlines, this blog will list them.
Republic Airlines is a little-known, U.S. commuter airline, which was recently the victor in a bankruptcy-court auction to buy Frontier Airlines. Republic Airlines won out over Southwest Airlines, a large, well-known U.S. airline. Previously for a time Republic was Frontier’s regional partner.
Republic Airlines is a profitable company that had revenues (sales) of USD1.5 billion in 2008. It is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The carrier fies for the five largest network airlines — Delta, American, United, Continental, and US Airways) who set schedules, buy fuel and sell tickets for Republic.
Republic Airways has three commuter units of its own: Republic Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines and Shuttle America. It owns or leases 210 regional jets and has 4,500 employees. In 2008, it carried 19 million passengers. Last year it had a profit of USD 85million.