Comair to cease operations
July 27, 2012
As Delta continues to move forward with previously announced plans to increase mainline and two-class regional jet flying, while significantly reducing 50-seat regional jets, Delta announced on Friday that Comair will cease operations after Sept. 29, 2012.
There will be no disruption to customers and no significant adjustments to Delta’s flight schedule or locations served. There will be no impact to Delta’s ACS station team, CVG Res Call Center, or pilot, flight attendant and maintenance bases.
“Comair was one of the original members of the Delta Connection service and brought the regional jet to the Delta Connection program when I was employed there more than 20 years ago,” said Don Bornhorst, s.v.p.- Delta Connection, in a memo to Delta’s Officers and Directors. “Comair has provided exceptional innovation and customer service to Delta over the years. However, due to the economic and competitive realities of our industry, the age and size of Comair’s fleet and the higher unit costs of its flying, Comair’s operations are no longer sustainable in this environment. This is regrettable for me at both a personal and professional level, but it does not take away from the proud legacy of Comair.”
The decision comes following Delta’s recent announcement regarding its plans to reduce the number of 50-seat regional jets from nearly 350 aircraft to 125 or fewer in the upcoming years.
Cincinnatiwill continue to be an important market in Delta’s worldwide network. Cincinnati is now a profitable market for Delta and the city continues to enjoy over 120 peak daily flights, with non-stop service to 49 destinations. No reductions in the number of Delta flights are planned at Cincinnati as a result of this decision.
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