Ryan Gumm, President and CEO, Endeavor Air, announced an opportunity that grows the airline, strengthens its future, and signals another significant commitment from Delta Air Lines.
In a move that shifts 31 aircraft from another Delta Connection partner to Endeavor, the Minneapolis-based regional airline will expand its network and increase its fleet to 154 aircraft by July 2018.
The announcement outlines the addition of 28 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, increasing the world’s largest fleet of the 76-seat aircraft to 109; Endeavor will also acquire three Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft. The airline also plans to draw down its 50-seat CRJ200 fleet by 16 aircraft, to 42 CRJ200s, for a total net gain of 15 aircraft once all aircraft have been inducted at Endeavor.
The increase in aircraft also necessitates the need to open a CRJ900 crew base in Atlanta, scheduled for late October.
The shift away from 50-seat flying allows Endeavor to focus on its dual-class operation, while delivering a seamless customer service experience for customers connecting in some of Delta’s most heavily traversed hubs. As part of this announcement, Endeavor also said it plans to close its Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) CRJ200 crew base; the airline noted that it will continue to operate a robust CRJ900 base in MSP.
SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) has informed its maintenance employees that it is taking over the Endeavor Air (Delta Connection) (Minneapolis/St. Paul) maintenance base at Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 1, 2015. The company expects to handle up to four overnight Bombardier CRJ200s for the Delta Connection system (see route map below).
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest’s Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N466SW (msn 7856) departs from Los Angeles in the house colors.
Delta Connection-SkyWest aircraft slide show:
Delta Connection-SkyWest current route map (click to expand):
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will restore Delta Connection service between its Atlanta hub and Ottawa, Canada on December 20, 2014. During the Christmas-New Year holiday period it will operate daily with Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft and then to weekly flights according to Airline Route.
Endeavor Air (formerly Pinnacle Airlines) (Minneapolis) Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N8758D (msn 7758) operating Delta Connection flight 9E/DL 4100 from Toronto (Pearson) to New York (JFK) was involved in an incident. The aircraft landed at New York (JFK) and slid off an icy taxiway into a snowbank yesterday morning (January 5). As a result the airport was closed for about two hours due to icy conditions until the surfaces could be cleaned. This led to a series of diverted flights. There were no injuries.
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Endeavor Air operates 181 regional jets on 1,000 daily flights to more than 100 cities in the United States and Canada.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will increase service at Boston’s Logan International Airport with daily year-round and seasonal service to the following seven destinations, including three new markets.
New daily service to Jacksonville, Florida and Richmond, Virginia, operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air using 76-seat, two-class Bombardier CRJ900s, effective March 3, 2014 and March 6, 2014
New service to Las Vegas with three flights per week operating a Boeing 737-800, effective March 6, 2014
Expanding service to Los Angeles with one additional flight for a total of two daily operating a Boeing 737-800, effective April 7, 2014
New Saturday-only summer seasonal service to Nassau, Bahamas, operated by Delta Connection carrier Shuttle America using 76-seat, two-class Embraer ERJ 175s as well as the Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands using an Airbus A320, effective March 8, 2014
Extended service to Cancun, previously scheduled to end April 26, 2014, now ending Aug. 30, 2014
Delta and joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic, recently announced they will coordinate schedules and retime their respective Boston to Heathrow flights to offer customers more convenient and flexible travel options.
Delta currently operates 70 peak-day departures from Logan International Airport to 16 nonstop destinations. Delta’s new Boston service offers customers the option of First Class, Economy Comfort or economy seating, along with in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 WL N3771K (msn 29632) is pictured in action at Los Angeles International Airport.