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Republic Airways is a regional airline headquartered in Indianapolis that operates fixed-fee flights under the airline brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express. 

Founded in 1974, Republic is one the largest regional airlines in North America, along with SkyWest Airlines, PSA Airlines, and Mesa Airlines. Its all-jet fleet consists of about 200 Embraer 170/175 aircraft.

Republic has bases in Boston (KBOS), Chicago (KORD), Columbus, Ohio (KCMH), Indianapolis (KIND), Louisville, Kentucky (KSDF), Newark, New Jersey (KEWR), New York (KLGA), Philadelphia (KPHL), Pittsburgh (KPIT) and Washington, D.C. (KDCA).

Republic’s Mission Statement

Per its website, “We believe that every associate, regardless of personal beliefs or worldview, has been created in the image and likeness of God. We seek to become stronger from our diversity. We seek personal respect and fulfillment from our work. Most of all, we seek to recognize the dignity and potential of each member of our Republic Airways Holdings family.”

Career Insights

Republic employs more than 6,000 across its 10 U.S. bases. The airline’s website says it has “immediate openings for Direct Entry Captains with the opportunity to earn up to $100K in sign-on bonuses.” The career page also lists openings for flight attendants, maintenance technicians, and corporate office positions.

Republic’s LIFT Academy for Flight Training

Republic Airways launched the Leadership In Flight Training Academy (LIFT) in 2018. Students at LIFT train on Diamond DA40 and DA42 fleet along with simulators designed to replicate the flight deck environment.

Applicants fill out a free online application.. Selected applicants will be invited for an in-person interview in Indianapolis. LIFT tuition costs $65,000, which covers training and materials, including an iPad and headset. Food and lodging are not included in that price. There are financing opportunities and a loan assistance program.

Students who attend the program are expected to “pass through all flight ratings and commit to flying with Republic Airways for five years.” According to the academy, the training program can be completed in as little as one year. Find out more at the LIFT website.

Republic Airways in the News

LIFT Academy Makes ‘Significant Fleet Expansion’ with Diamond Aircraft
Leadership in Flight Training (LIFT) Academy is expanding its training fleet by nearly five dozen Diamond aircraft, according to the manufacturer.

Latest Republic Jobs on

Commercial Airline FO – Pittsburgh, PA

Commercial Airline FO – Newark, NJ

Commercial Airline FO – Chicago, IL

Commercial Airline FO – New York, NY

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