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Atlantic Coast charts new course as low-cost carrier.(Atlantic Coast Airlines)

Atlantic Coast Airlines, which has prospered as a codesharing partner with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines under fee-for-departure arrangements, unveiled a plan to go it alone as an independent low-fare carrier after failing to reach agreement with United on a new contract after months of negotiations.

"It's a very big day for Atlantic Coast Airlines to say the least," said Chairman and CEO Kerry Skeen. He pointed out that the carrier is well positioned to compete out of its hub at Washington Dulles, where it accounts for 275 daily departures and controls some 46 gates. "This is different from a startup. We will have immediate size and presence."

ACA will continue to operate under terms of its existing contract with United that runs through year end. …

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