Airlines

Plane piloted by Simon exec made 'popping' noise before crash

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board quotes two witnesses as saying they saw the airplane trailing blue smoke during its takeoff and described the sound of the engine as "popping" or misfiring.
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Republic Airways considers ending $3B jet order

May 21, 2014
Bloomberg News
The 40 Bombardier CS300 aircraft on order at Republic Airways Holdings Inc. are no longer a top priority as the Indianapolis-based company returns to its roots as a provider of regional flights for larger carriers, CEO Bryan Bedford said.
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Airlines collecting less money for bag fees

May 5, 2014
Associated Press
The government reported Monday that U.S. airlines raised $3.35 billion from bag fees in 2013, down 4 percent from 2012. But other fees were on the rise.
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Republic posts bigger profit despite 12,400 flight cancellations

May 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Republic's CEO said he was pleased to see improved results despite "the most severe weather events in a single quarter" he's seen in his 27-year career. The company's shares surged more than 9 percent Thursday morning.
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San Francisco route off to flying startRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis business travelers pay a premium to shave a few hours and a lot of hassle off their trips to Silicon Valley, and they appear eager to do so. A new nonstop route between Indianapolis International Airport and San Francisco was about three-quarters sold in January and February, the two slowest months for air travel.
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Southwest adding nonstop from Indy to Washington

March 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Southwest Airlines Co. is adding more flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this year, including non-stop service to and from Indianapolis that begins Nov. 2, the airline said Monday.
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Incentives planned to boost Fort Wayne flights

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
The city of Fort Wayne is going to kick in up to $600,000 in incentives over two years for an airline to offer daily flights to an East Coast travel hub.
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Government report: Too few pilots or too little pay?

February 28, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's regional airlines are having trouble hiring enough pilots, the government says, suggesting one reason may be that they simply don't pay enough. The average starting salary for co-pilots at regional airlines is $22,400 a year.
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Republic sees better profit, revenue in 4th quarter

February 26, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Republic said full-year profit fell from $51.3 million in 2012 to $26.7 million in 2013 after a loss from discontinued operations of $21.6 million.
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Republic on board with 4-year contract for pilots

February 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Friday announced that it has reached a tentative agreement on a contract with the union that represents more than 2,200 of it pilots.
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Airlines scrap record number of flights in nasty winter

February 14, 2014
Associated Press
The relentless snow and ice storms this winter have led to the highest number of flight cancellations in more than 25 years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
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Pilot shortage hitting Republic's bottom line

February 11, 2014
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings plans to stop flying 27 of its 41 Embraer 50-seat jets because of the pilot shortage. That decision will lower income as much as $22 million this year.
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Indy airport sees 75 percent of flights canceled

January 5, 2014
Associated Press
Airport spokesman Carlo Bertolini said about 100 arriving and departing flights were canceled in Indianapolis on Sunday because of the weather.
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Aviation report finds that airline delays are undercounted

December 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
On-time statistics for such carriers as United, American and Delta don't include tardy flights by their regional partners, such as Indianapolis-based Republic Airways.
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Republic Airways completes sale of Frontier unit to Indigo

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Republic said selling Frontier for $36 million plus assumed debt will let it refocus on running feeder airlines for major carriers such as Delta and United.
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U.S. opening first quick-screening enrollment site at Indy airport

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis International Airport will have the first enrollment site for an expedited screening program that allows airline passengers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and keep laptop computers in cases at security checkpoints.
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Fares up, flights down at Indianapolis airport

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis International Airport has lost a third of its passenger flights since early 2005 while inflation-adjusted airfares here have risen 23 percent.
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Feds consider permitting cellphone calls on planes

November 22, 2013
Associated Press
Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others.
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Republic, Indigo to proceed with Frontier deal

November 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. on Wednesday said it was going forward with the $145 million sale of Frontier Airlines. It also announced a third-quarter loss of $13.8 million.
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Frontier Airlines to expand despite delay in sale

November 6, 2013
Associated Press
Frontier Airlines announced Wednesday that it is expanding operations at the New Castle Airport in Delaware with flights to Detroit and Atlanta.
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Republic Airways extends time to close $145M Frontier sale

November 5, 2013
Associated Press
Buyer Indigo Partners says it first needs agreements with the union for Frontier flight attendants, and with credit card issuer Barclays.
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Indigo 'hopeful' for Frontier sale despite snag

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Phoenix-based Indigo Partners has until Monday to tell Frontier parent Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings whether it wants to terminate the $145 million deal.
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Legacy Travel Club lands members but still pursuing big investorsRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A proposed membership-based airline that had hoped for a 2013 launch has signed up lots of members but has yet to pull in the big investors it needs to put its own plane in the sky.
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Republic Airways selling Frontier in $145M deal

October 1, 2013
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Indigo Partners LLC, led by veteran airline executive William Franke, has agreed to buy Frontier Airlines from Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc. for $36 million in cash. The total value of the transaction is $145 million including debt.
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Republic Airways extends deadline for Frontier sale

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based regional carrier plans to tie up negotiations with a prospective buyer, believed to be headed by former Spirit Airlines Inc. Chairman Bill Franke.
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