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China Express Airlines orders three additional Bombardier CRJ900s

China Express Airlines (Guiyang, Guizhou), has placed a firm order for three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliners, as well as entered into conditional purchase agreements for five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft with options on an additional eight CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. China Express provides regional passenger services with its fleet of five Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft and six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The airline made history last year by being the first to operate the CRJ900 aircraft in China.

“By 2016, we anticipate that the total number of China Express’ routes will reach approximately 90, three times as many as the number of existing routes, and will cover 60 per cent of China’s regional cities,” said Wu Longjiang, President, China Express. “We are confident that our fleet of Bombardier aircraft will be a very efficient and reliable asset in achieving these objectives.”

As of September 30, 2013, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,779 CRJ Series aircraft, including 306 CRJ900 andCRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in over 50 countries on six continents, and on average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world. CRJ Series aircraft have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 38 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GIAZ (msn 15277) is pictured at Farnborough.

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Delta to start Seattle/Tacoma – Vancouver service on June 5, 2014

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will start Delta Connection service (five flights a day) between its building Seattle/Tacoma focus city and Vancouver on June 5, 2014 per Airline Route. The new route will be operated with Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft (probably by SkyWest Airlines). This is another replacement of an Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air feeder route in the disintegrating Delta-Alaska relationship at SeaTac.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N822SK (msn 15203) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Delta to add more routes to Seattle/Tacoma

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Diego International Airport and Portland International Airport as well as an additional flight from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, beginning next year. The new service will provide customers with convenient connections to the airline’s growing international network from Seattle/Tacoma.

Delta’s new and expanded Seattle/Tacoma service includes:

  • Four new daily nonstop flights from San Diego beginning on June 2, 2014.
  • Four new daily nonstop flights from Portland, Ore. beginning on September 2, 2014.
  • One summer seasonal flight from Anchorage, Alaska beginning on June 5, 2014 in addition to returning seasonal service which begins on May 23, 2014.

Delta’s new service from San Diego and Portland will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George) using 76-seat, two-class Bombardier CRJ900s. The additional Anchorage-Seattle seasonal service will be operated with a Boeing 737-800. Each aircraft is equipped with First Class and Economy Comfort seating as well as onboard Wi-Fi.

What message does this SEA continued build-up send to partner Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma)?

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N810SK (msn 15093) in Delta Connection colors departs from Los Angeles.

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Adria Airways to start a new base in Verona, Italy in 2014

Adria Airways (Ljubljana) will establish a new base at Verona, Italy in time for the summer 2014 season. It will initially operate from Verona to Brussels, Vienna and Zurich feeding the Lufthansa Group of carriers.

Adria is already basing a Bombardier CRJ900 in Pristina and operating flights to Frankfurt, Munich and its Ljubljana base. The flag carrier has announced it will inaugurate nonstop flights from Tirana to Frankfurt on April 2, 2014 with four flights per week. In the summer of 2014, Adria will also be expanding its flights from Ljubljana to Prague and Warsaw according to this report by Balkans.com.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Adria Airways’ Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) S5-AAL (msn 15129) climbs away from Dusseldorf.

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Delta to add Pittsburgh-Nassau and Pittsburgh-Punta Cana weekly service in December

Delta Air LInes (Atlanta) is planning to launch weekly flights from Pittsburgh to both Nassau, Bahamas and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on December 21, 2013 per Airline Route. The flights will be operated on Saturdays and will be flown with Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ900s (carrier not specified).

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N810SK (msn 15093) lands at Las Vegas.

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Delta Air Lines adds additional flights at Los Angeles International Airport

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will debut increased domestic service beginning this fall at Los Angeles International Airport with new daily flights to four destinations and expanded service to nine existing markets.

Delta currently operates more than 115 peak-day departures to 40 destinations from Los Angeles, and every flight offers BusinessElite/First Class and Economy Comfort seating. Additionally, every domestic flight features Wi-Fi service.

Delta’s new and expanded Los Angeles service includes (effective dates):

  • Pacific Northwest service with four new daily flights to Portland, Oregon*, as well as two additional daily flights to Seattle/Tacoma* (September 3)
  • Expanded Bay Area service with three additional daily flights to San Francisco*, two additional daily flights to Oakland, California*, and one additional daily flight to San Jose, California*, (September 3)
  • One additional daily flight to New Orleans (September 3)
  • One additional daily flight to Kansas City, Missouri * (September 3)
  • Additional flights to both Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio resulting in daily service (September 3)
  • Retimed daily service to Tampa, Florida, and Raleigh, North Carolina (September 3)
  • New limited daily service to Missoula, Montana*, and Kalispell, Montana * (December 21 – January 5)
  • New limited daily (December 21 – January 5) and Saturday only (Januray 11 – March 29) service to Jackson Hole, Wyoming *
  • Seasonal limited daily (December 21 – January 5) and Saturday only (Januray 11 – March 29) service to Bozeman, Montana * (December 21 – March 29)

*A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection® carriers: Compass Airlines and SkyWest Airlines (Delta Connection).

Delta is remodeling Terminal 5 at LAX in conjunction with its partnership with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports. The current project will double the size of the ticketing lobby and screening checkpoints, open an exclusive, separate Sky Priority lobby and checkpoint, and include renovations to the Delta Sky Club and new baggage carousels.

On July 3, Delta added its code to Virgin Atlantic Airways’ twice-daily service to London’s Heathrow Airport as part of its codesharing agreement providing convenient bookings for Delta customers.

Earlier this year, Delta announced increased service at LAX with daily, year-round and seasonal service to 14 destinations, including eight new markets. By this winter, Delta and its partners including Virgin Australia Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic will operate more than 170 peak-day departures to 59 nonstop destinations, including Amsterdam, London-Heathrow, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo, from Los Angeles.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N822SK (msn 15203) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta to start weekly seasonal nonstop Atlanta-Fargo, North Dakota flights on December 21

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add new nonstop seasonal service between Fargo, North Dakota and Atlanta, effective on December 21, 2013. Fargo is a growing market.

The Saturday-only service between Fargo’s Hector International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be operated by Delta Connection carrier ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) using a two-class Bombardier CRJ900, equipped with 12 First Class seats, 12 Economy Comfort seats and 52 seats in the main cabin.

Delta’s new nonstop seasonal service between Fargo and Atlanta is scheduled as follows:

Service Flight Departs Arrives Service Begins Service Ends
ATL-FAR 5180 7:15 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 2013 March 29, 2014
FAR-ATL 5181 6:15 a.m. 10:10 a.m. Dec. 21, 2013 March 29, 2014

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N131EV (msn 15217) prepares to taxi from the gate at the Atlanta hub.

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Pinnacle Airlines emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization as a Delta subsidiary

Pinnacle Airlines (Pinnacle Airlines Corporation) (Minneapolis/St. Paul) emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization on May 1. The airline is now a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (Atlanta). As previously reported, Pinnacle is moving to the Minneapolis/St. Paul hub. Delta is investing $52 million in the reorganized carrier.

Pinnacle filed for Chapter 11 on April 1, 2012 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Read the full story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Pinnacle will operate a large Bombardier CRJ900 fleet for Delta (eventually 92 aircraft). The smaller 50-seat CRJ200 fleet of 140 aircraft is being gradually phased out. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N147PQ (msn 15147) arrives at the Atlanta hub.

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Air Mekong suspends operations today as it restructures its fleet

Air Mekong (2nd) (Phu Quoc, Vietnam) at the end of business today (February 28) suspended all operations as it restructures its fleet. The airline is planning to remove its Bombardier CRJ900s (above) and add two Airbus A321s.

Read the full story from Vietnam.net: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Trevor Mulkerrins. Air Mekong leases four Bombardier CRJ900s from partner SkyWest Airlines. Air Mekong’s aircraft are painted with the image of the Sarus Crane, a precious bird in Vietnam which symbolizes peace. Former MyAir CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) EI-DUY (msn 15112) at Shannon became VN-A804 with Air Mekong.

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The bankruptcy court approves Pinnacle’s path out of bankruptcy, Delta to invest

Pinnacle Airlines Corporation (Memphis) has announced that the comprehensive agreements it reached with Delta Air Lines (Atlanta), the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (Creditors’ Committee) in Pinnacle’s Chapter 11 cases have been approved by the Bankruptcy Court overseeing Pinnacle’s cases. The agreements together provide a path for the Company to emerge from bankruptcy with a competitive cost structure and a viable long-term business plan. Under Pinnacle’s new business plan, the Company will transition to operating a fleet of 81 fuel-efficient, two-class regional jets for Delta.

The comprehensive agreements include:

  • An amendment to the Company’s existing debtor-in-possession credit facility to provide Pinnacle with $30 million of additional liquidity to support its continued operation through emergence from Chapter 11 and an additional $22 million to fund certain required payments to Pinnacle’s pilots under a Bridge Agreement and related employer taxes. The amendment would also extend the maturity date for the credit facility from April 1 to May 15, 2013.
  • Amendments to the existing operating agreements with Delta that form the basis of the new business plan. Pinnacle will receive Delta Connection’s next 40 CRJ900 aircraft awarded, setting Pinnacle’s long-term fleet plan at 81 CRJ900 aircraft. The 40 additional CRJ900 aircraft deliveries are planned to begin in the fall of 2013 and are expected to be completed by year-end 2014. Pinnacle’s 140 CRJ200 aircraft will be removed from operation over the next two to three years.
  • A new collective bargaining agreement with Pinnacle’s pilots, as well as a bridge agreement that provides transitional payments, furlough benefits and specified career opportunities at Delta to Pinnacle’s pilots.
  • A restructuring support agreement among Pinnacle, Delta and the Creditors’ Committee setting forth certain principal terms for a plan of reorganization to emerge from Chapter 11. The reorganization plan will provide for Delta or an affiliate to acquire the equity in the reorganized Pinnacle Airlines Corporation after it emerges from bankruptcy. Pinnacle must file a plan of reorganization acceptable to Delta and the Creditors’ Committee by February 15, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N161PQ (msn 15161) arrives at the Atlanta hub.

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