Air Wisconsin Inks Deal for Six CRJs

 - January 9, 2008, 4:34 AM

Air Wisconsin last month placed a firm order for six more 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200s to serve its recently inaugurated code-share relationship with Orlando, Fla.-based AirTran Airways. The transaction, valued at $140 million, represents the partial conversion of a conditional order for 26 of the Canadian jets. It increases the size of the Appleton, Wis.-based airline’s order book to 64 airplanes, 27 of which it has already accepted. Air Wisconsin also holds options for 75 more CRJs, and retains conditional orders for another 20.

Primarily a United Express carrier flying BAE 146s, CRJs and Dornier 328s from Denver, Chicago O’Hare and Los Angeles International Airports, Air Wisconsin signed a seven-year code-share deal with AirTran in October to fly CRJs out of Atlanta as AirTran JetConnect. Now flying a pair of CRJs from Atlanta to Greensboro, N.C., Pensacola, Fla., and Savannah, Ga., Air Wisconsin plans to start new service from AirTran’s Atlanta hub to Tallahassee, Fla., on January 7, as well as point-to-point service between Tallahassee and Tampa on the same day. The airlines expect to operate at least 100 daily flights with 10 CRJs by the end of the year.