BOSTON, MA – MetroAir has announced today plans to acquire 10 Embraer ERJ-145LR aircraft to be operated by their regional subsidiary Allegius. The 10 ERJ-145’s will enter service under MetroConnect colors beginning January 16th.
The 50-seat regional aircraft will help MetroAir expand their regional service and fill the gap between their 37-seat Q200 and 78-seat Q400 and ERJ-170.
MetroAir stated the new Allegius subfleet will be based in Boston, pointing out the demand for more regional service to connect New England with the East Coast and points beyond. In October, the airline expanded Q400 service to several destinations throughout the Northeast.
“The airline is growing at a rapid pace and is really expanding internationally,” said Director of Regional Operation, Sean Doyle, “The ERJ-145 is going to help us connect many smaller communities throughout the Northeast and allow passengers expanded travel opportunities.”
The ERJ-145 will operate daily from Boston to Washington-Reagan, New York-Kennedy, Raleigh-Durham, Detroit, Minneapolis, Harrisburg, Port Columbus, Indianapolis, Montreal, Halifax, Burlington, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and Hartford.
Allegius has acquired the 10 airframes from Republic Airways Holdings, which were previously operated by Shuttle America for Delta Connection and United Express. Aircraft will be recalled from storage in Nashville, TN, where they will be painted and prepared for re-entry into service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.