Delta Air Lines has directed regional subsidiary Comair to shed more than half of its Bombardier CRJs over the next two years, according to an internal memo sent today to employees from Comair president John Bendoraitis. The Cincinnati-based regional airline plans to cut 49 fifty-seat CRJs from next year through 2012, leaving it with 16 fifty-seat CRJ200s, 15 seventy-seat CRJ700s, and 13 seventy-six-seat CRJ900s.
Delta Air Lines announced last month that it has entered into definitive agreements to sell two of its wholly owned regional airline subsidiaries–Minneapolis-based Mesaba and Compass Airlines. Delta has sold Mesaba to Memphis, Tenn.-based Pinnacle Airlines for $62 million, and Compass to St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings for $20.5 million. Delta said it would use the proceeds from the transactions for general corporate purposes.
Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa has exercised purchase rights on eight Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets, the Canadian manufacturer announced last month. Based on list prices, the value of the contract totals some $317 million.
Lufthansa said it expects to take delivery of the new aircraft in the first half of next year and place the 86-seat airplanes with its Lufthansa Regional unit.
Bombardier is about to freeze the design of its C Series airliner, marking the end of the project’s joint definition phase and the official start of the detailed design phase. In fact, according to Bombardier Commercial Airplanes president Gary Scott, many of the work packages have already entered detailed design, including parts of the structure, the wing and some of the systems.
Delta Air Lines announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements to sell two of its wholly owned regional airline subsidiaries-Minneapolis-based Mesaba and Compass Airlines. Delta said it has sold Mesaba to Memphis, Tenn.-based Pinnacle Airlines for $62.0 million, and Compass to St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings for $20.5 million. Delta said it would use the proceeds from these transactions for general corporate purposes.
Bombardier Aerospace’s sales force will no doubt feel considerable pressure to boost CRJ transactions this month, as the company again considers cutting production of its regional jet line in Mirabel, Canada, in reaction to weak sales.
Not one to shrink from any challenge, SkyWest president and COO Chip Childs accepted the position of RAA chairman in November knowing full well what likely confronted him.
Bombardier hopes it has seen the last of the software “glitches” that began plaguing the CRJ1000 control-by-wire rudder system early last summer, resulting in the grounding of the pair of prototypes used for flight testing and a certification delay of at least a year.
American Eagle Airlines plans to place nine first-class seats on each of its 25 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets and ready them for use by July 2, the company announced last month. As part of the service, Eagle will offer complimentary first-class dining service.