US Airways and Chautauqua to end feeder agreement

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US Airways and Chautauqua Airlines have agreed to end their capacity purchase agreement effective 1 July.

The Republic Airways-subsidiary will phase out the nine 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145s it flies on behalf of US Airways between 1 April and 1 July, according to a stock exchange filing on 8 February.

Tempe, Arizona-based US Airways anticipated having the nine ERJ-145s in its fleet through the end of 2013, according to a fleet plan released in January.

Chautauqua will move the ERJ-145s to its feeder operation for Delta Air Lines from 15 April. The aircraft will fly as Delta Connection for a period ending between 15 October 2014 and 15 January 2015, under an amendment to the carriers' existing agreement. The mainline carrier can extend the term on a month-by-month basis.

The regional carrier will also make two additional ERJ-145s available to Delta between 15 February and 15 April, and extended the term on seven ERJ-145s it already flies for the airline by six months to between March 2014 and June 2014.

Chautauqua flew 26 ERJ-145s for Delta as of 30 September, according to a stock exchange filing in October 2012.