Erj170 - The vast majority of the gate space Independence Air will initially use is already ACA
's. We will however do remodeling, expected to take about 3 months. Here's a press release from about a week ago.
Independence Air Terminal Renovations At Washington Dulles And Other Airports To Be Performed By McClier
Dulles Operation Will Become America’s Largest Low-Fare Hub This Summer
Dulles, VA, (April 20, 2004) – Independence Air and parent company Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACAI) today announced their partnership with Chicago-based design-build firm McClier for the extensive renovations of Terminals A and B at Washington Dulles International Airport, as well as projects at other selected airports across America.
The inaugural Independence Air flights are scheduled for June 16th, with more being added throughout June, July and August—quickly building to over 300 daily departures from Washington Dulles by Labor Day, creating the largest low-fare hub in America.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kerry Skeen said, “This summer we’ll be doing something no other airline has ever done—completely upgrading our hub facilities and airport stations in 35 communities across America in a span of less than three months. It’s a big job, but we are confident that we’ve chosen the right partners to meet this demanding schedule. The McClier team has created designs for our Independence Air terminals, ticket counters and gate areas that will convey our new brand and identity as the low-fare airline that will make travel faster and easier for customers.”
McClier is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AECOM, a 17,000 employee-owned architecture and engineering company with offices in more than 30 countries. McClier will be providing architectural, engineering and construction services, in association with Arlington, Virginia-based DMJM Design, another AECOM company. DMJM Design is known for their creative designs and professional architectural services to airlines and airports across the nation and around the world. Recent terminal design projects include Miami International Airport, Ft. Lauderdale Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. McClier has a well-established reputation throughout the airline industry for implementing multiple projects within scope, schedule and budget.
Independence Air service will be provided using a fleet of over 110 jet aircraft fitted with new slimline leather seats, including at least 27 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 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.