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The end of Comair

filejw

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"Heard from a reliable source on Virginia Ave that all CRJ-200 flying will end on 9/4 and the rest will be wound down by the 28th."[/QUOTE]

If the history of this management was to be used I find this unlikely as they have hard time justifying a nice performance reward. More realistic would be a sale of some kind.
 

Cpt Oveur

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A lot of the routes that are going to be done by other companies in October are being used by 9E using the 900, specifically delta's Equipment code "CM9" which are the premerger Mesaba 900s.
 

Ohh Porterhouse

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There aren't huge changes for OH in that bulletin. Some holiday CX's as one would expect and re-times. Flights well into the new year. Now that can change, but there's no sign of massive shutdown in either the A or B sked release.

Their fate has been set. Management had the meeting last night and the close down is finalized. They would like to keep the schedule through Sept with all operations seized by Oct. If pilot group does not cooperate, they will expedite the removal of the remaining aircraft to other carriers. It will hit the media sometime this morning. Good luck to all of Comair. :(
 

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If pilot group does not cooperate, they will expedite the removal of the remaining aircraft to other carriers.
Cooperate how, as in actually show up for work? And how much more can they "expedite the removal"?
 

Ohh Porterhouse

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Cooperate how, as in actually show up for work? And how much more can they "expedite the removal"?

I am sure there will be some sort of incentive to finish out the schedule through Sept. I believe that there isn't anything in the pilots contract that says Delta has to pay them any sort of severance in the event of a shutdown so I guess this is their way of doing so. Those details will get ironed out here soon I am guessing.
 

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Selfishly I want a job at delta and would hate to have an entire pilot group in the door before I had a chance but wouldn't it be nice for a change if all comair pilots were offered delta numbers?
 

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Selfishly I want a job at delta and would hate to have an entire pilot group in the door before I had a chance but wouldn't it be nice for a change if all comair pilots were offered delta numbers?
That's funny right there, I don't care what country you're from.
 

Ohh Porterhouse

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I believe a meeting is to be held for employees at 830a to be told the news.
 

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Their fate has been set. Management had the meeting last night and the close down is finalized. They would like to keep the schedule through Sept with all operations seized by Oct. If pilot group does not cooperate, they will expedite the removal of the remaining aircraft to other carriers. It will hit the media sometime this morning. Good luck to all of Comair. :(
Damn...
 

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http://markets.chron.com/chron/news/read?GUID=21892568

No significant changes to schedules or locations served for Delta customers

ATLANTA, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced its subsidiary, Comair, Inc. will cease operations after Sept. 29, 2012.

In a memo issued today to the Officers and Directors of Delta Air Lines, Don Bornhorst, Senior Vice President of Delta Connection, said:

"While regional flying has and will remain a key component of Delta's network, customer expectations and the unit costs of regional flying have evolved. In response, Delta recently announced its plans to reduce the total number of regional jets in its network while adding more mainline flying. This includes reducing the number of 50-seat regional jets from nearly 350 aircraft to 125 or fewer in the upcoming years. As a result of this reduction and changes to its customer-focused business strategy, Delta has made the difficult decision to cease Comair's operations."

Ryan Gumm, President of Comair, communicated Delta's decision this morning to Comair employees in a memo, the full text of which is included below.

The discontinuation of Comair's operations will not result in any significant changes to Delta's network, which has enough flexibility to accommodate these changes. Currently, Comair accounts for approximately one percent of Delta's network capacity. There will be no disruption to customers and no significant adjustments to Delta's flight schedule or locations served. All customers who travel on the Delta network, whether on Delta Connection flights or mainline aircraft, can continue to make travel plans with Delta as they have in the past.

Cincinnati will continue to be an important market in Delta's worldwide network. Over the past several years, working with community leaders, Delta has right-sized capacity at Cincinnati to better match service to local passenger demand. Cincinnati is now a profitable market for Delta and the city continues to enjoy over 120 peak daily flights, with non-stop service to 49 destinations. No reductions in the number of Delta flights are planned at Cincinnati as a result of this decision.

To All Comair Employees
From Ryan Gumm, President
Subject Comair to Cease Operations
Date July 27, 2012

All,

Today, I am writing to let you know that Delta has made the difficult decision to cease Comair's operations after September 29, 2012.

Delta recently announced its intent to reduce the overall number of 50-seat regional jets in its network from nearly 350 to 125 or fewer in light of the significant changes in the economic and competitive conditions in the airline industry. We believed this announcement would have a negative impact on Comair because we operate some of the oldest 50-seat aircraft in the Delta Connection fleet, which also have the highest unit cost per flight hour. And, in fact, Delta has decided to remove the remaining 16 Comair 50-seaters from the Delta network, leaving Comair with only 28 aircraft in scheduled service. This further reduction of Comair's active fleet will only create higher unit costs, which equates to a business model that is no longer sustainable in this competitive regional environment.

I understand that today's news is very difficult and raises many questions for you and your family. Human Resources is prepared to directly assist you during this time. They will post a memo and other documents on the Human Resources Epic page to keep you informed of the assistance available and to help answer many of your questions. We will also have staff available over the weekend to answer questions if needed. If after reviewing the information on Epic you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your departmental leadership as well.

The discontinuation of Comair's operations is in no way a failure or a reflection of your work – it is an unfortunate necessity due to the economic limitations of our aging aircraft, cost structure, the long-term outlook for 50-seat aircraft, and our challenging industry and economy. The quality of our operations has continued to be outstanding during our lengthy restructuring efforts, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead such a committed team. I am asking that each of you recognize the importance of remaining focused on safety and the job at hand as we continue operations throughout the wind-down period. Your continued commitment and your dedication to a safe and reliable operation is a testament to the professional team we have built here at Comair.

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. During the past year, Delta was named domestic "Airline of the Year" by the readers of Travel Weekly magazine, was named the "Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline" by PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology and won the Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 350 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $3 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.

SOURCE Delta Air Lines
 

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Sorry guys. I had a great time flying with all of you....please stay safe.
 

Flyprdu

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Pssh..
I'm stunned. Condolences to all those affected.
 

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Another ALPA carrier that was once the PFT outfit that got many others into that scam bites the dust. Boo hoo hoo


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Ohh Porterhouse

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I spent 8 yrs with that company and had the pleasure of working with a lot of great people. Best of luck to them all.
 

JonnyKnoxville

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Mods, please edit MCDU's post for complete lack of class.
 
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I had a great 9 years there. I wish the best of luck to my former coworkers and current friends.
 

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Another ALPA carrier that was once the PFT outfit that got many others into that scam bites the dust. Boo hoo hoo


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seriously? per your profile... a captain with 21,000 hours... and that's your reply? nice

I bet you are a blast at a pool party and the ladies are lining up to hear your stories
 
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