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Breeze Aviation drops its plan to acquire the AOC of Compass Airlines

Breeze Aviation Group, Inc. has notified the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that its has dropped its intent to acquire the air operators certificate (AOC) of Compass Airways.

Instead the new airline, operating as Breeze Airways, will request its own AOC and still plans to launch operations in 2021.


Breeze Airways files to acquire the AOC of Compass Airways to launch operations in mid 2021

Breeze Airways (Salt Lake City), the new scheduled airline start-up of David Neeleman, has filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to acquire the air operator certificate (AOC) of disbanded Compass Airlines.

In the filing, Breeze announced it will begin charter operations in October 2020 before commencing scheduled passenger services in May 2021. The new airline plans to serve 15 underserved destinations on the East Coast, South, Texas and the Midwest.

To start operations, Breeze will lease 15 Embraer 190 aircraft from Nordic Aviation Capital.

The first new Airbus A220-300 aircraft will be delayed until August 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The A220s will be used to launch transcontinental routes.

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Compass Airlines to cease operations

Compass Airlines, which operates as an American Eagle and Delta Connection carrier, will shut down on April 7, 2020.

The airline blamed the coronavirus outbreak that presented “insurmountable obstacles” for the company.

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Delta to end its relationship with Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines

Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N626CZ (msn 17000226) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947248.

Delta Air Lines is streaming its Delta Connection system down to three carriers. Delta is ending its relationship with both Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines. The changes will be completed by mid 2020.

The company issued this statement:

“In an effort to reduce operational complexity and create better consistency with the overall product and experience for customers, Delta is reducing the number of regional carriers from five to three”.

This means Delta will keep Endeavor Air, SkyWest Airlines and Republic Airline (Republic Airways) as the three Delta Connection carriers.

Delta-owned aircraft at Compass and GoJet will be reallocated to the remaining three carriers.

Compass Airlines currently operates 36 Embraer 175s for Delta. It also flies for United.

GoJet Airlines currently operates 20 Bombardier CRJ700s and seven CRJ900s for Delta which will be transferred to Endeavor Air.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N626CZ (msn 17000226) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947248.

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Delta to launch Los Angeles-Omaha service in November 2019

Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N616CZ (msn 17000209) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926247.

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Beginning this fall, customers in Los Angeles and Omaha will have more travel options between the two cities as Delta launches new daily service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA) on Nov. 10.

The daily flight will operate on the following schedule:

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Los Angeles (LAX) at 5:40 p.m. Omaha (OMA) at 10:55 p.m.
Omaha (OMA) at 7 a.m.* Los Angeles (LAX) at 8:45 a.m.

*First flight departing OMA is on Nov. 11, 2019

The Los Angeles-Omaha flight will operate on Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines using a 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft with seating for 12 in First Class, 20 in Delta Comfort+ and 44 in Main Cabin.


The Los Angeles basin is among the most popular destinations from Omaha and strengthens Delta’s presence in the city. Delta has grown departures out of Omaha by more than 10 percent over the past year and will offer 22 peak-day flights in November to seven nonstop destinations. This includes a third daily flight to Delta’s New York-LaGuardia Airport hub, which launched on May 1.

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Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N616CZ (msn 17000209) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926247.

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In other news, Delta is celebrating 100 days of no cancellations.

Delta issued this statement:

When Delta says it’s cancelling cancellations – they mean it.

Delta is once again setting the bar for operational reliability, rocketing to 100 days without a mainline cancelyear-to-date Friday, May 10, almost a month ahead of last year’s pace.

The cancel-free day count continued through the weekend with the airline now at 104 days for the mainline system1, including both domestic and international operations, compared to 87 this time last year. Delta maintained Friday’s 99.84 percent completion factor ranking, or the measure of flights operated versus scheduled, through the weekend into Wednesday.

Year-to-date, the airline has also logged 57 cancel-free ‘brand days’ across both Delta mainline and Delta Connection operations2 – 15 more than last year.

Delta’s latest operational accomplishment comes on the heels of the news that the airline is leading the industry for on-time arrivals during what has been the strongest first quarter since the merger for mainline and network performance.

Earlier this year, the airline earned the top spot in the latest 2018 Airline Quality Rating, was recognized by FlightGlobal as the most on-time airline and by The Wall Street Journal as the best airline of 2018, similarly to The Points Guy.

“Reaching this 100-day milestone so quickly is a true testament to the hard work of our people across the operation and their dedication to taking care of our customers,” said Dave Holtz, S.V.P. – Operations and Customer Center. “We keep climbing, improving year after year, because our customers count on us to connect them to moments that matter around the world every day.”

(1) Based on Delta’s internal statistical reporting of all Delta-operated mainline flights scheduled between Jan. 1, 2019 and May 14, 2019.

(2) Based on Delta’s internal statistical reporting of all Delta-operated mainline flights and Delta Connection system flights scheduled between Jan. 1, 2019 and May 14, 2019.

Compass Airlines amends its CBA for First Officer first-year pilot pay

Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N638CZ (msn 17000259) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930227.

Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) (American Eagle and Delta Connection) has issued this statement about increasing the First Officer first-year pay in order to attract new pilots:
Compass logo-1Compass Airlines is pleased to announce that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for its pilot group has been amended to increase first year, First Officer pay to $35.81 per flight hour. An additional highlight of the amended CBA is the provision of four paid hotel stays per month for commuting pilots. The amendment also gives Compass the flexibility to quickly raise first year pay in response to market conditions. The agreement was reached as part of a voluntary mediated settlement of a number of outstanding issues between Compass Airlines and its pilot group, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).


The amendments to the contract are effective immediately.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N638CZ (msn 17000259) departs from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Delta to connect its Seattle/Tacoma hub with Orange County

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will added Embraer 175 Delta Connection service (operated by Compass Airlines) between its Seattle/Tacoma hub and Orange County (John Wayne) starting on May 1, 2016.

The airline made this announcement:

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Delta Air Lines’ hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will continue to grow next spring with the launch of four daily flights to Orange County’s John Wayne Airport beginning May 1, 2016.

In all, Delta will launch service to ten destinations from Seattle/Tacoma between November 2015 and May 2016: Billings, Montana.; Boston; Cancun, Mexico; Edmonton, Alberta; Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island; Missoula, Montana; Orange County; Orlando; Pasco, Washington; and Victoria, British Columbia. Some service may be operated by Delta Connection carriers SkyWest Airlines and Compass Airlines.

Delta’s Seattle/Tacoma to Orange County flights will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines using Embraer 175 aircraft.

In other news, Delta will operate weekly Boeing 737-800 Cuban charters from Atlanta to Havana starting on April 2, 2016.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Compass Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N612CZ (msn 17000201) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Compass Airlines and ATP Flight School finalize an agreement to pay up to $11,000 in training costs for graduates in return for flying for the airline

Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has finalized an agreement with ATP Flight School that paves the way for its participation in ATP’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. This program allows ATP graduate flight instructors to have up to $11,000 of their ATP training costs paid for by Compass, in exchange for agreeing to fly for Compass after earning the requisite number of hours.

“We recognize that the path to becoming a commercial airline pilot can be expensive,” said Jacob Rosholt, Chief Operating Officer at Compass Airlines. “The ATP Tuition Reimbursement program is a terrific opportunity to ease the financial burden faced by aspiring pilots, while simultaneously giving Compass immediate access to some of the nation’s top aviation talent.”

“Tuition reimbursement helps address the long-term need to attract new pilots into the airline career. Compass is helping innovate a real, sustainable solution to the pilot shortage by participating in this program,” said Justin Dennis, Vice President at ATP.

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Compass is now hiring 40 pilots per month, and currently offers an upgrade time in less than one year, provided Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) and General Operations Manual (GOM) requirements are met.

Compass Airlines serves over 4 million passengers annually, averaging over 180 daily departures to destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Compass operates a fleet of Embraer 170/175 aircraft on behalf of American Airlines (as American Eagle) and Delta Air Lines (as Delta Connection), and is in the midst of major growth, adding 20 Embraer 175 aircraft to its fleet in 2015. Compass has crew bases in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles and Seattle/Tacoma.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N624CZ (msn 17000222) operating as a Delta Connection carrier departs from Los Angeles.

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American introduces the Embraer 175 to the Los Angeles market today

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today (June 4) is introducing the 76-seat Embraer 175 (ERJ 175) to the Los Angeles market specifically on the Los Angeles – Vancouver route.

The airline issued this statement today:

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American Airlines continues to elevate the flying experience for its customers with more comfort and choice by adding the new two-class Embraer 175 (E175) to its twice-daily, nonstop American Eagle service between two of the world’s most important markets for the entertainment industry – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Beginning on June 4, 2015, these large 76-seat regional jets will offer customers a more seamless transition between American and American Eagle service, including first-class seating, inflight Wi-Fi and more overhead bin space to accommodate larger carry-on bags.

Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) will operate the E175s on this route.

American Eagle ERJ 175 Cabin (American)(LRW)

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The E175 aircraft features a two-class configuration with 12 First Class seats; 20 seats in Main Cabin Extra, offering up to six inches of more leg room; and 44 seats in the Main Cabin. The E175 features Wi-Fi for customers who want to stay connected on their personal devices during flight. Additional modern amenities include leather seating and in-seat power in all cabins. American has firm orders for 60 E175s with options for 90 more and expects 20 of these new E175s to eventually be based out of LAX as new deliveries continue.

Top Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/ Operated by Compass Airlines, Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N201NN (msn 17000461) taxies at San Francisco International Airport.

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American Airlines to expand Embraer 175 operations and routes

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is further expanding its American Eagle Embraer 175 operations, routes and schedules from its Los Angeles, Chicago (O’Hare), Miami and New York (JFK) hubs per Airline Route. The new routes will be operated by its various partner airlines.

From Los Angeles, effective September 9, E175 service will be started to El Paso, Fayetteville (Northwest Arkansas), Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City and San Jose, California. Service to Phoenix starts the following day.

From Chicago (O’Hare), starting on March 29, E175 service will be initiated to Madison and Richmond. This will be expanded on May 7 with new E175 service to Austin and on June 4 to Memphis.

From Miami, starting on May 7, E175 service will be offered from the MIA hub to various domestic and Caribbean routes by Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis), replacing Embraer ERJ 145 flights operated by Envoy Air (Dallas/Fort Worth). On May 7, the new type will be operated to Charleston, South Carolina, Norfolk and North Eleuthera. Starting on June 4, the E175 will be assigned to the Fort-de-France, Greensboro, La Romana, Marsh Harbour, Memphis and Port-au-Prince routes. Finally on August 19, the E175 will be operated to Providenciales (Provo) in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

From New York (JFK), new Embraer E175 aircraft will be assigned to the Norfolk route starting on May 7 followed by Indianapolis route on June 4.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/ As planned, Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) started the Los Angeles – San Francisco E175 Shuttle on April 13. Officially certified as the Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175), N201NN (msn 17000461) taxies at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

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