Regionals Update: Delta Connection accelerates realignment

 - May 29, 2008, 7:55 AM

All four of Delta Air Lines’ regional affiliates benefited from the company’s continuing network realignment last month, as Delta concentrates ever more intently on “rationalizing” capacity and cutting costs with regional jets.

Just as it prepared to take delivery of its first two new 50-seat CRJs since last February, Cincinnati-based Comair learned it would add three round-trip flights from its new base in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to both Corpus Christi, Texas, and Indianapolis, starting February 7. Comair will also add a round trip each to Baltimore, Detroit and Philadelphia from its Cincinnati hub, starting February 15.

In the Northeast, Atlantic Coast Airlines plans to expand its Boston operation with new Fairchild 328JET service to Portland and Bangor, Maine, and Montreal, starting February 1. ACA also added a single round trip on one of its 32-seat jets from Cincinnati to New York La Guardia and Tennessee’s Tri-City Airport on December 1.

In the South, Atlantic Southeast Airlines on December 1 replaced Embraer Brasilias with CRJs on all service from its Atlanta hub to Evansville, Ind., Dothan, Ala., and Albany, Ga. It plans to use one of those 30-seat turboprops to open a new route between Atlanta and Mississippi’s Golden Triangle Airport on January 31.

Finally, St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Airlines continued its expansion in Dallas/Fort Worth with three round trips between its new base and Greensboro/High Point/Winston Salem, N.C.