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Republic Airways Signs 20th Interview Partnership Agreement With Leading Aviation Program

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2016-- With the recent addition of Middle Georgia State University, Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (RJETQ/OTC) now boasts an impressive 20 interview agreements with the nation’s top flight schools and aviation programs.

These interview agreements allow aviation students to interview with Republic after achieving their instrument rating, and if all qualifications are met students may receive a conditional offer of employment. Incoming Pilots also receive a $7,500 signing bonus, and they will be trained on the Embraer 175 once they begin work for Republic. From Republic’s standpoint, the agreements expand the Company’s access to qualified Pilot applicants and establish a pathway for future aviators to join the operator of the world’s largest fleet of Embraer aircraft.

“These flight students are the future of our Company – and commercial flying in general,” said Lauren McNamara, College Relations Consultant for Republic. “By investing in them now, we’re positioning them for success in their careers, while taking proactive steps as a company to combat the growing U.S. pilot shortage.”

To date, Republic has signed interview agreements with 20 of the top programs in the country: Aims Community College, Arizona State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach, University of Central Missouri, Indiana State University, Institute of Aviation at Parkland College, Lynn University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Middle Georgia State University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of North Dakota, Northwestern Michigan College, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Purdue University, Spartan College, Saint Louis University, Texas Southern University, Vincennes University and AeroStar Training Services. The Company is actively pursuing agreements with more leading programs in 2017.

Last month, Middle Georgia State University (MGSU) became the 20th program to join Republic’s impressive list of participants in the program, just weeks after the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) signed on.

“Republic’s interview agreement is an ideal way for our flight students to land that first job with a respected industry leader,” said Lyle Perry, Assistant Chief Pilot at MGSU. “It takes the best to fly for the best, and Republic recognizes that.”

Since beginning the interview agreement program late last year, Republic has made about 200 conditional offers of employment to aviation students from respected programs across the country.

“Being able to tell perspective students – and their parents – that a conditional job offer from Republic Airways is an option before they graduate is tremendous,” said UNO Aviation Lecturer Scott Vlasek, whose program signed on with Republic last month. “Today, more than ever, industry and academia are working together, and Republic is leading the way in bringing students and career opportunities together.”

About the Company: Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (RJETQ/OTC), based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is an airline holding company that owns Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, collectively called “the airlines.” The airlines operate a combined fleet of about 165 aircraft and offer scheduled passenger service with approximately 850 flights daily to about 105 cities in 38 U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. The airlines provide fixed-fee flights operated under our major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airlines employ about 5,200 aviation professionals. For more information, visit www.rjet.com, follow @RepublicAirways on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Source: Republic Airways Holdings

Republic Airways Holdings
Bob Birge, Director, Corporate Communications, 317-471-2470
CorpComm@rjet.com

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