Republic Airways and Chautauqua Turn 40, Celebrate with Commemorative ‘First’ Flight
Republic Airways, which began operations as Chautauqua Airlines, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a reenactment of the airline’s first flight.
Chautauqua’s first flight took place on August 1, 1974 and ran from Jamestown, New York, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, using a 15-passenger Beech 99 aircraft. Chautauqua is now one of three subsidiaries of Republic. Its aircraft, Embraer ERJ-140 and ERJ-145 jets, are deployed under the banners of four airlines, American, Delta, United, and U.S. Airways, for regional flights.
The flight on Friday is scheduled to be met by a water cannon salute at Pittsburgh International Airport and numerous employees of the airline were on board.
Republic Airways, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, also owns Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. The company has over 6,300 employees and over 200 regional jet aircraft in its fleet.
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