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Friday, May 25, 2007

Comair Gets New DL Biz

In the midst of the introduction of its new aircraft livery, Comair announced Delta (DAL) has assigned it 14 new Bombardier (BBD) CRJ-900 aircraft, its first to include a first class cabin and the first aircraft acquisition in three years. It is also the first major development at Comair since it emerged from bankruptcy with its parent, Delta, on April 30. It is Delta’s second Bombardier order this year and is worth $511 million, according to Bombardier.
The aircraft will replace 14 of the airline’s CRJ-100s which are being sold back to Bombardier. The new planes will be configured with 12 first class seats and 64 coach seats and will begin arriving in August with service entry on September 1. Deliveries will continue through February. The routes have yet to be chosen. After the transition, Comair’s fleet will contain 14 CRJ-900s with 76 seats; 15 CRJ-700s with 70 seats and 102 CRJ-100s and 200s with 50 seats.
“We have positioned ourselves to win this flying through the hard work we completed in bankruptcy, and the investment in our fleet is a powerful affirmation of the partnership we have with Delta Air Lines,” said Comair President Don Bornhorst, whose airline pioneered the use of regional jets for Delta in 1993.
Comair operates 724 flights a day to 102 cities in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas with a fleet of 131 regional jets in 50- and 70-seat configurations.
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