This agreement clears a significant hurdle in the ongoing transition of Atlantic Coast Airlines from a fee-per-departure carrier to its new identity as Independence Air—the low-fare airline that will serve Washington Dulles International Airport with a schedule of over 300 daily departures this summer to destinations across the U.S. The Independence Air operation at Washington Dulles will be the largest low-fare hub in America.
The last date of service for the ACA aircraft in the United Express schedule is as follows:
Date - CRJs to Exit United Express - J-41s to Exit
June 3 - 30 - 17
July 6 - 30 - -
August 4 - 26 - 5
As each of the company’s 50-passenger CRJ regional jets exits the United Express program, it will undergo a complete interior upgrade—including the installation of new leather slimline seating—as well as a complete exterior conversion to the new Independence Air logo and colors. They will be joined by a fleet of at least 25 Airbus A319s, which will allow Independence Air to serve destinations in Florida, the Midwest and the West Coast. The A319s also will be fitted with leather interiors in a single class configuration, and feature over 20 channels of live satellite TV in every seatback.
All the J-41 turboprop aircraft will be retired as they exit the United Express program, since Independence Air will operate an all-jet fleet.
The “preview” website for Independence Air is available now at FLYi.com. On the day the company officially announces its destinations and low-fare pricing, customers will immediately be able to begin making reservations directly on the website.
Web visitors who sign up for membership to the iCLUB will receive additional information about Independence Air services, and be offered the opportunity to take advantage of special offers and promotions that will be made available only to members.
Atlantic Coast Airlines currently operates as Delta Connection and United Express in the Eastern and Midwestern United States as well as Canada.
The company has a fleet of 142 aircraft—including a total of 120 regional jets—and offers 800 daily departures, serving over 80 destinations. The company employs approximately 4,100 aviation professionals.
For more information about Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings, Inc., please visit our website at www.atlanticcoast.com. For more information about Independence Air, please visit our “preview” site at www.flyi.com.
Dulles, VA, (April 5, 2004) – Independence Air and parent company Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACAI) today announced the launch sequence for its long-awaited new low-fare service that will feature over 300 daily departures from Washington Dulles International Airport this summer—making it the largest low-fare hub in America.
In May, Independence Air will hold a nationwide satellite news conference and launch celebration from Washington, DC. This kickoff event will be broadcast live on the internet, and will be available to media outlets across the country. On that date, Independence Air will unveil additional details of its launch plan to the public, including:
Low-fare service to Independence Air’s new destinations will begin this summer based on the agreed transition schedule of its jet aircraft still in service with United Airlines, as reported in a separate release issued earlier today. The inaugural Independence Air flights are scheduled for June 16th, and more will be added throughout July, August and September—quickly building up to over 300 daily departures this summer.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kerry Skeen said, “This is it! Independence Air is ready for takeoff this summer, and we couldn’t be more excited. Over the past few months, thousands of travelers in the Washington/Northern Virginia area and communities across the country have told us they are thrilled to hear about a new low-fare service that will make air travel faster and easier—and we will finally answer that demand in May when Independence Air is officially open for business.”
Independence Air service will be provided using a fleet of over 110 jet aircraft fitted with new slimline leather seats, including at least 25 new 132-passenger Airbus 319s with over 20 channels of live satellite TV available at every seat. The Airbus planes—which are scheduled to launch in November—will allow Independence Air to offer coast-to-coast low-fare service to additional destinations in Florida, the Midwest and West Coast.
The “preview” website for Independence Air is available now at www.FLYi.com. Web visitors who sign up for membership to the iCLUB will receive additional information about Independence Air services, and be offered the opportunity to take advantage of special offers and promotions available only to members.
For more information about Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings, Inc., please visit our website at www.atlanticcoast.com.
Now we just need the city list.
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