Delta’s Endeavor takes delivery of first CRJ900

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Delta Air Lines-subsidiary Endeavor Air has taken delivery of the first Bombardier CRJ900 ordered for the mainline carrier's regional fleet restructuring.

The aircraft registered N292PQ (MSN 15292) was delivered to the Minneapolis-based regional carrier on 29 August, Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows.

The aircraft is the first of an order for 40 CRJ900s with 30 options that Atlanta-based Delta ordered from the Canadian airframer in December 2012 as part of a larger regional fleet revamp.

The airline plans to add 70 76-seat aircraft to its regional fleet and 88 110-seat Boeing 717-200s to its mainline fleet while reducing the number of 50-seat jets at its regional partners to about 125 by the end of 2015.

Endeavor is scheduled to receive two CRJ900s in September and three every month through the end of the year for a total of 12, according to Ascend.

Delta did not immediately comment.