Fri, May 25, 2007
Shows Support Of Struggling Regional Operation
show of support for its beleagured regional subsidiary, Delta Air
Lines announced Friday it will give Comair 14 new Bombardier
CRJ-900 aircraft, to replace an equal number of aging 50-seat
CRJ-100s. The new jets will be the first in the Comair fleet to
sport a first-class cabin.
"We have positioned ourselves to win this flying through the
hard work we completed in bankruptcy, and the investment in our
fleet is a powerful affirmation of the partnership we have with
Delta Air Lines," Comair President Don Bornhorst said. "Our team
will make the most of this opportunity by remaining steadfast in
our focus on operational performance and customer service."
The first of the new, 76-seat jets could be up and running by
September 1. The move is part of Delta's recently-announced
marketing campaign aimed at (no laughing, please -- Ed.) "making
flying regional jets fun again," and also includes new seat
cushions, improved onboard snack and beverage service, and an
increase in the number of RJ-sized covered jetways at Delta's
Atlanta hub -- all in an effort to better align the regional jet
travel "experience" with that of Delta's mainline services.
Perhaps more important in the scheme of things, the decision to
award new aircraft to the Erlanger, KY-based Comair is also a
strong sign of support for Comair... an operation many believed Delta would chose to divorce itself
from upon exiting bankruptcy.
Delta COO Jim Whitehurst stressed Comair's importance to Delta's
"Comair is a strategic part of the Delta Connection network, and
we are proud to be part of Comair’s next chapter as a premier
regional airline," Whitehurst, said. "In fact, Comair was the first
carrier to fly regional jets for Delta Connection nearly 15 years
ago. We continue to rely on them to provide our customers excellent
Delta will sell back the 14 CRJ-100s to Bombardier.
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