New Arizona, Il Duce/Warlord
From the SLC Chief Pilot Office Bulletin:
IT’S NOT THAT WE DON’T LIKE YOU….Delta Air Lines notified Mesa Air Group that it is terminating the contract under which MAG subsidiary Freedom Air operates seven CRJ900s, alleging that Freedom has failed to maintain specified operational performance outlined in the contract. The timeline for the cancellation was not disclosed. Mesa believes the decision to cut its flying is part of DL's ongoing effort to reduce capacity. Others suggest the move could be in preparation for its planned merger with Northwest Airlines and a possible consolidation of regional airline operations. Delta Connection Senior VP Don Bornhorst insisted that the cuts are being made to ensure a high level of service, not simply to reduce capacity.
MAG will return the CRJs, which it subleases from DL for $1 per month, and DL will have no further financial obligation to Mesa.