Delta Air Lines announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements to sell two of its wholly owned regional airline subsidiaries-Minneapolis-based Mesaba and Compass Airlines. Delta said it has sold Mesaba to Memphis, Tenn.-based Pinnacle Airlines for $62.0 million, and Compass to St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings for $20.5 million. Delta said it would use the proceeds from these transactions for general corporate purposes.
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Delta Air Lines and subsidiary Delta AirElite introduced a service to allow customers to book scheduled airline and on-demand charter flights in a single transaction using a prepaid AirElite account. AirElite cardholders can use their accounts to book travel on Delta or Delta AirElite by calling a dedicated client services team. With this rollout, Delta said it is the only U.S.
Aircraft charter hybrid XOJet said it will install airborne high-speed Internet to its fleet of five Bombardier Challenger 300s and 19 Cessna Citation Xs. XOJeT is currently installing Wi-Fi-capable Aircell high-speed Internet systems and expects that more than 70 percent of its fleet will be equipped by the end of this month, with the rest scheduled for completion next month.
Bombardier Aerospace has embarked on an aircraft service program in which it will invest some $35 million over the next five years to structure a worldwide service and maintenance network centered on three major hubs. The Canadian airframer last month officially opened its new wholly owned service center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where some $8 million has already been invested.
Bombardier Aerospace has embarked on an aircraft service program in which it will invest some $35 million over the next five years to structure a worldwide service and maintenance network centered on three major hubs. On Saturday, the Canadian airframer officially opened its new wholly owned service center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where some $8 million has already been invested.
American Eagle Airlines plans to place nine first-class seats on each of its 25 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets and ready them for use by July 2, the company announced last month. As part of the service, Eagle will offer complimentary first-class dining service.
Delta Air Lines subsidiary Delta AirElite Business Jets acquired Kinston, N.C.-based Segrave Aviation last month. Delta AirElite operates the Hawker 400XP and 800, Learjet 60, Challenger 604, GIV and G550; Segrave already operates essentially the same equipment, bringing the combined managed fleet to 45 aircraft and 200 employees.
ALPA-represented pilot groups from Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Compass, Mesaba and Pinnacle Airlines last month established the Delta Connection Pilots Alliance (DCPA). The group lists as its primary goals improvement of safety, training, work environment and the customer experience. It claims to seek to remove competitive pressures and establish a collaborative working philosophy that cultivates industry best practices at each airline.
ECC Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Embraer, has leased four used ERJ135s to South African Airlink to replace some of the airline’s oldest Jetstream 41 turboprops in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.
Mesa Air Group rang in the new year with a resolution of sorts, as it started the process of restructuring its operations by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on January 5. The move came some six weeks after United Airlines filed a court complaint to block Mesa’s efforts to replace some of the 50-seat CRJ200s scheduled for removal from the United Express system on April 30 with ten 70-seat CRJ700s.