Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings, Inc. and Independence Air today welcomed
the announced arrival of United`s “Ted” product at Washington Dulles
With United as the dominant carrier at Washington Dulles, the airport has
acquired a reputation for having some of the highest fares in the U.S. But
Independence Air will turn Dulles into the largest low-fare hub in America
once implemented, with plans to grow quickly to more than 350 flights to
50 destinations up and down the East Coast, to Florida, the Midwest and
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kerry Skeen said, “We`re proud to be
part of the transformation of our home airport into what will become one
of the great low-fare airports in America, and once Independence Air`s
schedule of 350 daily low-fare flights is available we think the idea of
flying from Dulles will be more popular than ever before.”
He added, “We think United`s 15 low-fare departures will merely be the
appetizer for Independence Air`s new 350 flight low-fare all-you-can-fly
Independence Air service will be provided using a fleet of over 100 jet
aircraft fitted with new leather seats, including the fast, quiet 50-seat
CRJ and at least 25 new Airbus 319s with free satellite TV available at
The “preview” website for Independence Air is available now at
http://www.flyi.com/. Once an official start date for service is
announced, customers will be able to make reservations directly on the
site. Web visitors who sign up for membership to the i club 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.
Atlantic Coast Airlines currently operates as Delta Connection and United
Express in the Eastern and Midwestern United States as well as Canada. On
July 28, 2003, the company announced plans to operate as Independence Air
—an independent low-fare airline based at Washington Dulles—once it
ceases to operate as United Express.
The company has a fleet of 145 aircraft—including a total of 120
regional jets—and offers 800 daily departures, serving 84 destinations.
The company employs approximately 4,400 aviation professionals.