Pinnacle to keep 41 CRJ900s

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Pinnacle Airlines will keep 41 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900s in its fleet, as part of its restructuring under chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The Memphis-based regional airline says that 16 CRJ900s will exit its fleet in the first quarter of 2013 while the remainder will continue to operate under a capacity agreement for Delta. The aircraft that will be removed are owned by Pinnacle.

Pinnacle's capacity agreement for the remaining aircraft ends in 2022, according to Delta's 2010 annual report. The airline's leases on these aircraft end the same year, according to Flightglobal's Ascend database.

The regional carrier also has a contract to fly 140 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s for Delta through December 2017, according to a court filing in May.

It has yet to be determined how potential changes in Delta's scope agreement will impact Pinnacle. Delta has proposed a new deal to pilots that would allow for more 76-seat jets while reducing the number of 50-seat jets. A vote by the pilots on Delta's proposal is scheduled to conclude on 29 June. The Atlanta-based airline's pilots are voting on the proposed contract through 29 June.