Kansas City, MO – May 8, 2011 – MetroAir announced today it had selected the starting cities slated to receive service of it’s new fleet of Embraer E170 regional jets. The jets, owned and operated by Allegius Airlines under the MetroAir Connect Brand, are scheduled to be enter service on May 18, 2011 with the first aircraft being delivered on May 16, 2011.
The initial launch routes are expected to be:
- Washington – Montreal: 18 May
- Kansas City – Charlotte: 28 May
- Kansas City – Philadelphia: 7 June
- Fort Lauderdale – Montego Bay: 17 June
- Fort Lauderdale – St. Maarten: 27 June
- Kansas City – New Orleans: 7 July
- Kansas City – Detroit: 17 July
- Fort Lauderdale – Dominican Republic: 27 July
- Fort Lauderdale – Barbados: 6 August
- Fort Lauderdale – Turks and Caicos: 16 August
- …and more.
Due to the distance between the US and production facilities and Brazil, the aircraft will fly a 3-legged delivery route; From Sao Paulo, Brazil (SBSJ) to Manaus, Brazil (SBEG), then to Punta Caucedo, Dominican Republic (MDSD) and finally arriving stateside (KFLL or KMCI or KIAD).
In preparation for this move MetroAir also recently announced that it would be relocating it’s fleet of Bombardier CRJ series regional jets to it’s hub in Ontario California. The E170 currently is not expected to be used in Allegius’ west coast operations.