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.
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.
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.
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.
“Remember those airline pilots who got caught flying drunk?”
“They went to jail, didn’t they?”
“What a bunch of losers.”
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.
Not long after Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger helped restore the good name of the piloting profession with his extraordinary water landing in the Hudson River, a pair of Northwest Airlines pilots did their part to remind the general public of its shortcomings with perhaps an equally extraordinary act of distraction while flying 144 passengers between San Diego and Minneapolis.
The pilots of the Northwest Airlines Flight 188 that overflew Minneapolis on October 21 told NTSB investigators that a distraction in the cockpit of their Airbus A320 led to the incident, not a “heated discussion,” as reported by the Safety Board last Thursday.
The NTSB has launched an investigation into an incident yesterday in which a Northwest Airlines Airbus A320 overflew its destination–Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport (MSP)–apparently as the crew engaged in a “heated discussion” over airline policy.
Delta Air Lines’ plans to cut another 10 percent of its system capacity this fall will result in the loss of 100 pilot jobs at Comair, 110 at Mesaba Airlines and 56 at Atlantic Southeast. ASA’s cuts take effect September 1, while a planned 20-percent drop in block hours by the end of September at Comair will require a broad review of all staffing levels “in the coming weeks.”