Delta to Shut Down Comair
Delta Air Lines has announced that it plans to get rid of it's Regional Carrier, Comair. The company has already sent letters of termination to its employees. The reason for the shut down is said to be due to the company's switch from small regional jets to larger mainline jets. Delta will be acquiring almost 100 Boeing 717's from AirTran-Southwest, starting next year. Comair currently operates 300 flights on behalf of Delta Connection to smaller destinations in the East and Midwestern United States. Sadly, about 1700 people will lose their jobs due to this. Delta hopes to decrease its amount of 50 seat Regional Jets, like the CRJ-100 and CRJ-200, from about 500 to 100 within the next couple of years. Delta will lease the small jets to other operators. Many are wondering what will happen to Delta's operations at the Cincinnati-North Kentucky Airport, where Comair was based. The airline says operations will not be decreased, but will instead be served by other Delta Connection carriers, as well as some mainline flights. Either way, about 1000 Comair employees based at the airport now have to look for other jobs in an industry that is already overly competitive.