ASA Breaks Sales Ice with CRJ Deal
Bombardier landed the first regional jet sale to a U.S. carrier this year when Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines converted options to firm orders on three 50-seat CRJ200s last month. The order, valued at some $68.7 million, brings to 237 the number of 50-seat CRJs ordered by ASA and fellow Delta subsidiary Comair, of which 191 have been delivered and another 46 remain on backlog. ASA plans to field another 29 fifty-seat CRJs this year, as well as add eleven 70-seat CRJ700s to the four it now operates. On November 18 the Atlanta-based regional added 18 cities in one day, and continues to bolster its schedule with Delta mainline route transfers. It also took six new gates in Atlanta from US Airways, allowing it to retain another 10 turboprops originally slated for retirement. All told, it will retire seven more Embraer Brasilias this year and refurbish the remaining fleet of 30.