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Republic to cease operations of Lynx

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Republic Airways Announces Fleet Simplification Plan

NDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: RJET - News) today announced it will transition the regional service operated by Lynx Aviation Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft to Embraer 170 and 190 jet service operated by Republic Airlines. The Company will remove three Q400 turboprop aircraft from service effective April 6. Another three aircraft will be removed from service on April 19. In addition, the Company will terminate the leases of seven smaller regional jets and return them to the lessor.

The transition to jet service will improve the Company’s ability to operate in highly contested markets in which the Q400 operates at a competitive disadvantage to jet service offered by competitors. The changeover, including the decision to terminate the leases on its seven remaining CRJ200 aircraft operated by Chautauqua, also will support the Company’s ongoing program to simplify and optimize its fleet resources across its entire network, improving aircraft utilization and cost efficiencies company-wide. Republic expects operations at Lynx to be phased out by mid-September.


Service will continue to all current Lynx destinations with the exception of Fargo, N.D. and Tulsa, Okla., where the Company will cease operations on April 5.


These changes will result in the reduction in April of approximately 175 positions at Lynx, including flight crews, operations, customer service and support personnel. Most employees affected by this announcement will have the opportunity to continue with either Republic or Frontier in similar capacities. Employees who choose not to accept a position within the Company and who work through their release date will be provided severance.


“Lynx employees have done an outstanding job of providing service to a number of regional communities and have provided important passenger connections to Frontier’s network,” said Republic Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Wayne Heller. “Unfortunately, after extensive analysis and months of efforts to grow the business, we concluded we could not efficiently operate a fleet of 11 Q400 aircraft. Converting service from the Q400 fleet to jet service allows us to better utilize our existing aircraft resources and lower our cost of operating and maintaining multiple fleet types, while providing our customers with outstanding jet service.”
Heller concluded, “These changes will better position the Company to sustain the kind of growth we’ve already begun and that our employees and customers expect as we continue our work to rebuild and expand the Frontier and Midwest networks.”

Anybody got any details? I hope there will only be a transfer of positions, not a job loss.

Hometown airline my azz. It's a brave new world at Republic.

Gup
 
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It wasn't too long ago that these guys all thought they were going to be corndog pilots.
 

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INDIANAPOLIS (DP) Lynx employees were told today about parent company Republic Airways' plans to replace the turboprops with small jets. The jets will be flown by Republic pilots.

Lynx has about 400 employees. Of 120 pilots, 80 will be furloughed. Of 110 flight attendants, 70 will be furloughed, company officials said. Company spokesman Peter Kowalchuk said the Lynx employees will be given priority hiring for any positions within the Republic network (thanks dipsh!t).

In not too long the buses will be flown by Republic pilots for $37/hour. How do people put up with this Sh!t? Jesus. And people think they have any room to bitch about what happened to 3407. More to come. F'n joke. You get what you pay for and it isn't much.
 
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I keep saying regional carriers should have been kept in-house. This is the beginning of the end. Planes that regionals acquire from here on out, will only get bigger and pay will only get smaller. You mainliners better enforce that scope and protect yourselves at all costs. There are hundreds and thousands of good people out there that are willing, and need jobs.
 

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Lynx is not YX! Most of these guys will get a pay raise at republic, after the SLI. I'm no fan of Republic, but they do pay more than Lynx. BTW the Lynx guys will be intergrated during the SLI. They were on the list at
acquisition and will have a number. Sad thing is all the YX, and F9 furloughs will most likley get stapled to the bottom of the list.
 

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Lynx is not YX! Most of these guys will get a pay raise at republic, after the SLI. I'm no fan of Republic, but they do pay more than Lynx. BTW the Lynx guys will be intergrated during the SLI. They were on the list at
acquisition and will have a number. Sad thing is all the YX, and F9 furloughs will most likley get stapled to the bottom of the list.

The question is when will the SLI be?

The lynx guys should have been pushing for SLI since day one. They have nothing to lose by going into arbitration. Who knows they could end up flying an airbus.

Especially since F9 fence on the Airbus will not be more than 24 months.

Sorry the lynx guys have to experience this hardship.
 

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I wonder if those senior F9 guys had any idea what was coming when they signed on with Republic.....
 

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I wonder if those senior F9 guys had any idea what was coming when they signed on with Republic.....


The senior guys are sitting pretty right now. The pilots who were on furlough at YX and F9, when the deal was sealed, will get the shaft in this deal. Hard to belive a kid getting his first airline job with 500 hrs at Lynx in 2008, will be senior to former YX captains. corporate is looking real good!
 

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Hard to belive a kid getting his first airline job with 500 hrs at Lynx in 2008, will be senior to former YX captains. corporate is looking real good!

you're starting to sound like the usapa pilots who were hired in '87 and still believe they should be senior to America west pilots hired in 2004.
 

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Apples to oranges! RP and Lynx are regional’s, F9 and YX were established LCC's. Unfortunately I think this is the way of the future. Wonder what would happen if the west merged with RP? I’m sure the west would be fine with relative seniority!
 

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F9 and YX were established LCC's.
I guess you are using the term established LCC loosely. Two summers of competition from a stronger LCC, some high fuel prices, and before you could turn your head, YX mainline was gone. Not the pilots fault, but I wouldn't call anything Tim Hoeksma had his hands in "established" and definitely not LCC (LCCs don't put 88 seats on a 117 seat airplane).
 

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Come on in! The water's fine. Bring beer.
 

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I wish they were!

Gup


I don't blame you. If Southwest ends up having to furlough, it would be unthinkable to have to furlough real SW pilots when you could have had those guys on the bottom instead.

Unfortunately, it was a double edged sword for Frontier. Too bad, they have some real good guys there.
 

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Enough with the language and the personal attacks. Posts deleted, consider this a warning, wasn't quite bad enough to give an official "infraction", but I'm nipping it in the bud.
 
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