Comair to cease operations

In line with its earlier announced intention to reduce regional flying, Delta Air Lines today announced that it will be ceasing the operations of its Comair unit on 29th September.

Don Bornhost, Delta’s SVP of Delta Connection stated “While regional flying has and
will remain a key component
of Delta’s network, customer
expectations and the unit
costs of regional flying have
evolved. In response, Delta
recently announced its plans
to reduce the total number of
regional jets in its network
while adding more mainline
flying. This includes reducing
the number of 50-seat
regional jets from nearly 350
aircraft to 125 or fewer in the
upcoming years. As a result of
this reduction and changes to
its customer-focused business
strategy, Delta has made the
difficult decision to cease
Comair’s operations.”

Comair is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta, and was founded in 1977 in Cincinatti. It became a Delta Connection carrier in 1984, and Delta first acquired a stake in the carrier in 1986. It fully took over Comair in 1999.
Comair presently operates an all Bombardier CRJ fleet consisting mostly of 50-seater CRJ100ERs, a type known for undesirable unit costs in today’s market environment.

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