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FOUNDED BY DAVID MUELLER AND HIS FATHER, RAYMOND, IN 1977. STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1978. ONE OF THE LARGEST US REGIONAL AIRLINES. A K A DELTA CONNECTION. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
77 COMAIR BLVD
ERLANGER, KENTUCKY KY 41018, USA
USA (United States of America) was established in 1776, it covers an area of 9,363,123 sq km, its population is 280 million, its capital city is Washington DC, and its official language is English.
NOVEMBER 1995: MAIN BASE: CINCINNATI/NORTHERN KENTUCKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CVG).
HUB: ORLANDO AIRPORT.
35 ORDERS CANADAIR RJ INCREASED TO 45/20, 50 PAX, 26 ALREADY DELIVERED.
4TH QUARTER = +$13.1 MILLION (+$6.8 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
JANUARY 1996: WAS LAUNCH CUSTOMER OF BOMBARDIER CANADAIR CRJ, RECEIVES 100TH, & NOW HAS 29 +16/25 ORDERS. TOTAL CRJ ORDERS NOW 139.
1995 = +$48.8 MILLION (+$30.3 MILLION) (NET PROFIT): +24.1% (RPM) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +18.3% (ASM) CAPACITY, 52.2% LF LOAD FACTOR.
MARCH 1996: PARENT COMPANY, COMAIR HOLDINGS TAKES OVER (COI), BUT WILL OPERATE INDEPENDENT FROM DELTA CONNECTION (COI).
COMAIR HOLDINGS FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1995 = +$60 MILLION (+104.8%). 1ST QUARTER = +$16.24 MILLION (+223.2%).
JUNE 1996: +5 ORDERS CANADAIR CRJ'S, NOW 34 +16 ORDERS. THESE WILL REPLACE 19 SAAB 340'S, AND METRO TURBOPROPS AS LEASES EXPIRE.
BASED AT CINCINNATI/NORTHERN KENTUCKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AND A JET CARRIER SINCE 1993, IT ALSO OPERATES A HUB, AT ORLANDO, FLORIDA.
STEADILY INCREASING LOAD FACTOR (LF) FROM 46.1% IN FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1993, TO 54.1% LF.
(FY) 1996, EVEN WITH CAPACITY INCREASE, NOW 60% LF.
JANUARY 1997: 1996 = +27.5% (RPM) TRAFFIC, +17.7% (ASM) CAPACITY, 56.6% LF (+4.4) 4.65 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX), +21.35% PAX.
JANUARY 1997: ACCDT: COMAIR EMB-120 BRASILIA CRASHED NEAR IDA, MICHIGAN, AFTER TAKEOFF FROM DETROIT = ALL 3 ((FC)- (CA))/26 PASSENGER FATALITIES.
FEBRUARY 1997: T0 BALTIMORE; WASHINGTON; LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS; SYRACUSE (RJ50).
MAY 1997: 464 DAILY DEPARTURES (+36% FROM 4 YEARS).
50TH CRJ DELIVERY.
JUNE 1997: $330 MILLION, 18 FIRM, 12 CONDITIONAL /45 CRJ CANADAIR ORDERS, 50 PASSENGERS (PAX). SOME OF OPTIONS TO 70 PASSENGER VERSION. HAS LARGEST FLEET OF REGIONAL JETS. AT CINCINNATI & ORLANDO HUBS, TO REPLACE ALL TURBOPROPS. CRJ'S NOW 75% OF COMAIR'S (COI) CAPACITY.
CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY, BY DEDICATING BOMBARDIER CANADAIR CRJ TO ITS EMPLOYEES.
CODE SHARE WITH AIRTRAN (CQT) TO ORLANDO. CODE SHARE WITH (CQT) CALLED AIRTRAN "FLORIDA CONNECTION," USING (COI)'S 9 CITIES IN FLORIDA + NASSAU, BAHAMAS, TO CONNECT WITH (CQT)'S 23 CITIES IN THEIR NETWORK.
2 CL600-2B19'S DELIVERIES.
OCTOBER 1997: 2,397 EMPLOYEES.
1ST 6 MONTHS = 2.515 MILLION PAX. 9 MONTHS: +16.1% (RPM), +12.2% (ASM), 58.9% LF (+1.9), 3.913 MILLION PAX (+12.2%). 3RD QUARTER (COI) GROUP = +$24.5 MILLION.
DECEMBER 1997: TAMPA - ORLANDO.
CRJ FLEET TO GROW TO 80, WITH FIRMING UP OF +12 ORDERS (OCTOBER 1998).
JANUARY 1998: 4TH QUARTER = +$24.3 MILLION (+57%) (+$15.5 MILLION). LAST 9 MONTHS = +$74.0 MILLION (+$56.0 MILLION). 1997 = 1.769 BILLION (RPM) (+16.8%), +11.4% (ASM), 59.5% LF (+2.9), 5.298 MILLION PAX (+13.9%). USA MARKET SHARE 1997 = 17TH 0.29% (RPM), 21ST LF.
FEB 1998: TO MYRTLE BEACH (WEEKENDS).
1 CRJ (CF34-3A1) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1998: IN JUNE, ST LOUIS - CINCINNATI TO NASSAU (RJ).
2 CANADAIR CRJ'S (CF34-3A1) DELIVERIES (7229; 7230).
APRIL 1998: DAYTON - NY (CANADAIR RJ, 50 PAX). TO HOUSTON BUSH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (HOME OF CONTINENTAL EXPRESS). TO NEWBURGH. CODE SHARE WITH SABENA (SAB) TO BRUSSELS FROM 5 CITIES.
PLANS $25 MILLION EXPANSION OF MAINTENANCE/TRAINING FACILITIES AT CINCINNATI, TO SUPPORT PRESENT 57 +23/45 ORDERS CRJ'S.
1ST QUARTER = +$28.2 MILLION (+$19.4 MILLION): 432 MILLION (RPM), 1.32 MILLION PAX.
CRJ (CF34-3A1) (7235) DELIVERY.
MAY 1998: ON PACE TO BECOME 11TH MAJOR USA CARRIER BY 2001, WHEN ITS REVENUES >$1 BILLION.
CURRENTLY SERVES 80 CITIES, 50%> SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (SWA). TO GREEN BAY (RJ).
2 SAAB 2000 (AE2100A) DELIVERIES. 60TH CRJ DELIVERY.
JUNE 1998: TO HOUSTON.
2 CRJ (CF34-3A1) DELIVERIES.
JULY 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 950.7 MILLION (RPM) (836.20 MILLION), 61.7% LF (+4.6), 2.88 MILLION PAX (2.52 MILLION).
CODE SHARE WITH SABENA (SAB), TO EXPAND TO BRUSSELS TO TOLEDO, INDIANAPOLIS, ST LOUIS, CHARLOTTE, AND BIRMINGHAM, VIA CINCINNATI HUB, TO FLY (SAB) A340 TO DUSSELDORF, COPENHAGEN, FLORENCE, BORDEAUX, AFRICA, AND MIDDLE EAST.
2ND QUARTER = +$34.3 MILLION (+36.2%) RECORD! +13% (RPM), +6.2% (ASM), 65.4% LF (+3.9).
2 CRJ (CF34-3A1) DELIVERIES.
OCTOBER 1998: >$1 BILLION, 10 YEAR CONTRACT; 30 ORDERS CRJ-100'S, 50 PAX AND 20 CRJ-700'S, 70 PAX FROM BOMBARDIER, GE ENGINE CONTRACT, $140 MILLION.
3RD QUARTER = +$34.6 MILLION (+$24.5 MILLION) RECORD! 1997 = +$102 MILLION (+$75.4 MILLION). 1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.53 BILLION (RPK) (+13.75), 61.7% LF (+4.6), 2.88 MILLION PAX (+14.6%).
NEW NONSTOP, DAYTON - BOSTON LOGAN. IN JUNE, DAYTON - NEW YORK LAGUARDIA.
2 CRJ DELIVERIES. CURRENTLY OPERATES 67 CRJ-100'S, WITH 45 OPTIONS, +70 OPTIONS ON CRJ-700'S. IN AUGUST, 80TH CRJ DELIVERY. PLANS TO BE 1ST USA REGIONAL CARRIER WITH ALL-JET FLEET. ANOTHER +70 ORDERS CRJ'S, WHICH WITH OPTIONS, COULD TAKE ITS FLEET TO 245, AND NOT STOPPING THERE - PLANS TO ORDER >20 SMALLER JETS, LOOKING AT ERJ-135 & FAIRCHILD DORNIER 328/428 JETS, & LEANING TOWARD THE 428JET, 44 PAX.
NOVEMBER 1998: TO COLORADO SPRINGS.
PAINTS 70TH RJ WITH CINCINNATI SKYLINE DESIGN (CONTEST WON BY COMAIR (COI) PILOT, ROB DAMATO, FROM 70 ENTRIES).
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = 5.5 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).
CRJ-100ER (7273) DELIVERY.
DECEMBER 1998: COMAIR HOLDINGS HAS BEEN PLACED ON 1999 NASDAQ-100 INDEX.
CRJ-100ER (7279, N759CA) DELIVERY.
JANUARY 1999: 4TH QUARTER = +$31.66 MILLION (+$24.27 MILLION). 1998 = +17.1% (RPM); +11% (ASM); 62.8% LF (+3.3); 6.18 MILLION PAX (+16.6%); 2.07 BILLION (RPM). LAST 9 MONTHS = +$100.58 MILLION (+$74.03 MILLION).
CRJ-200ER (7285, N767CA) DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 1999: NOW OPERATES 72 CRJ'S & 25 EMB-120'S. 42 OF 66 CITIES NON-STOPS ARE ON CRJ'S, & >80% ALL PASSENGER, EX-CINCINNATI. 2 CRJ-200ER (7292, N769CA; 7293, N776CA) DELIVERIES.
MARCH 1999: 1998 = +$102.2 MILLION (+$75.4 MILLION) (+36%). BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECLARED A 3-FOR-2 SPLIT OF COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK.
EXPECTS TO HAVE 80 RJ'S IN SERVICE BY AUGUST, ACCOUNTING FOR +93% CAPACITY (ASM). HAS 115 OPTIONS. CRJ-200ER (CF34-3A1) DELIVERY.
APRIL 1999: 4,000 EMPLOYEES.
INVESTS $40 MILLION IN FACILITIES AT CINCINNATI, NORTHERN KENTUCKY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FOR NEW, 16,000 SQ FT, HQ, MAINTENANCE & TRAINING BUILDING, TO BE COMPLETE BY 4TH QUARTER 2000, & IS UPGRADING CONCOURSE "C."
IN JUNE, TO SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, JULY TO CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, & AUGUST TO JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA.
LAST QUARTER = +$32.4 MILLION. (FY) 1998 = +$132.9 MILLION RECORD!: 6.4 MILLION PASSENGERS.
1 CANADAIR CRJ (CF34-3A1) DELIVERY.
MAY 1999: DAVID MUELLER, CHAIRMAN NAMED "AIRLINE EXECUTIVE OF YEAR" BY "REGIONAL AIRLINE WORLD" MAGAZINE.
1998 WORLD TOP REGIONAL AIRLINES PASSENGERS (PAX) MILLION:
1 AMERICAN EAGLE 10.67. 2 COMAIR (COI) 6.18 (+16.5%); 3 CONTINENTAL EXPRESS 5.64 (+15.6%); 4 SKYWEST 4.51 (+55.4%); 5 CROSSAIR (SWISS) (CSR) 4.43 (+19%); 6 KLM UK (UKL) 4.41 (+1.7%); 7 (DLH) CITYLINE 4.40 (+13.3%); 8 UNI AIRLINES (MAK) 4.23 (+89.7%); 9 CANADIAN REGIONAL 4.19 (+23.1%); 10 HORIZON AIR 4.09 (+18.2%); 11 MESABA 4.05 (+26.5%).
JUNE 1999: "AVIATION WEEK" NAMES COMAIR (COI) "BEST-MANAGED REGIONAL AIRLINE IN WORLD."
1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.19 BILLION (RPM) (+25.6%), +23.1% (ASM), 63% LF (+1.3), 3.39 MILLION (PAX) (+17.6%).
CL-600-2B19 (7319, N784CA) DELIVERY.
JULY 1999: 2ND QUARTER = $43.2 MILLION (+$34.3 MILLION) RECORD!
CL-600-2B19 (7326, N785CA) DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1999: IN OCTOBER NONSTOP TO TULSA, OKLAHOMA; TO LAS VEGAS. IN NOVEMBER TO MOBILE, ALABAMA. TO MANCHESTER - BANGOR.
1ST 7 MONTHS = 1.44 BILLION (RPM) (+26.2%), 64.1% LF, 4.51 MILLION PAX (+31%).
SEPTEMBER 1999: 2 CL-600-2B19 (7333, 8) DELIVERIES.
OCTOBER 1999: COMAIR HOLDINGS 3RD QUARTER = +$34.6 MILLION (+$34.6 MILLION).
DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) PURCHASES REMAINING 78% OF COMAIR (COI) FOR $1.8 BILLION.
CL-600-2B19 (7344, N797CA) DELIVERY.
NOVEMBER 1999: IN FEBRUARY, CHICAGO - MYRTLE BEACH.
2 CL-600-2B19'S (7348, N798CA; 7352, N804CA) DELIVERIES.
DECEMBER 1999: RANDY RADEMACHER, PRESIDENT COMAIR HOLDINGS & COMAIR (COI), REPLACES DAVID SIEBENBURGEN, WHO WILL HEAD DELTA CONNECTION NETWORK, FOR (COI), & ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST OPERATIONS.
IN MARCH, NEW YORK LAGUARDIA - CHARLESTON, & APRIL, LAGUARDIA - SAVANNAH.
2 CL-600-2B19'S (7354, N805CA; 7359, N806CA) DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 2000: 1999 = 2.53 BILLION (RPM) (+22.3%), +22.1% (ASM), 62.9% LF (+.1), 7.03 MILLION (PAX) (+13.9%).
IN MARCH, TO NEW YORK LAGUARDIA, & FORT LAUDERDALE, & IN MAY, TO OKLAHOMA CITY.
3 CL-600-2B19'S (7364, N807CA; 7366, N809CA; 7370, N810CA) DELIVERIES. EMB-120RT (12028) SOLD. EMB-120RT (12025, N205CA), LEASED TO DISCOVER AIR.
FEBRUARY 2000: APPLIES FOR CODE SHARE WITH AIR FRANCE (AFA), USA - FRANCE/CANADA, CONNECTING WITH CINCINNATI - PARIS, FROM 86 USA CITIES, + TORONTO & MONTREAL.
TO BASE ALL 29 EMB-120'S AT ORLANDO, AND ONLY USE CRJ'S AT CINCINNATI (ALL JET SERVICE).
"AIR TRANSPORT WORLD" MAGAZINE NAMES COMAIR (COI) "REGIONAL AIRLINE OF THE YEAR."
MARCH 2000: IN MAY, TO NORFOLK.
WITH OTHER DELTA CONNECTION, SUBSIDIARY, ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST AIRLINES, COMAIR (COI) MADE LARGEST ORDER FOR REGIONAL JETS IN HISTORY, TOTALING 500 BOMBARDIER CANADAIR CRJ'S, WORTH $10 BILLION, OVER NEXT 10 YEARS. DELTA CONNECTION CEO, DAVID SIEBENBURGEN, ANNOUNCED ORDERS FOR 94 CRJ'S IN COMBINATION OF 40-, 44- & 50-PAX CRJ-200'S, & 70-PAX CRJ-700'S. 20 WILL REPLACE TURBOPROPS AT (COI) FOR AN ALL-JET FLEET BY DECEMBER, THE REMAINING 406 OPTIONS, EXTEND INTO 2010. (COI) CURRENT FLEET, IS 25 ORDERS CRJ-200'S, 40 PAX; 20 ORDERS CRJ-200'S, 20 PAX; 110 CRJ-200'S, 50 PAX; AND 20 CRJ-700'S, 70 PAX.
2 CRJ-200'S DELIVERIES.
APRIL 2000: IN JUNE, TO START OPERATIONS FROM LOVE FIELD, DALLAS.
SUBSIDIARY, COMAIR AVIATION, OPENS NEW, FIXED-BASE OPERATION FACILITY AT CINCINNATI/NORTHERN KENTUCKY AIRPORT.
$8 MILLION PROJECT, INCLUDING 40,000 SQ FT HANGAR. 4,500 EMPLOYEES.
MAY 2000: CL-600-2B19 (7397, N815CA) DELIVERY.
JUNE 2000: CL-600-2B19'S (7398, N816CA; 7408, N818CA) DELIVERIES.
JULY 2000: IN SEPTEMBER DALLAS - MEXICO CITY/PUEBLA.
CL-600-2B19 (7415) DELIVERY. SOLD EMB-120RT (223) TO BOMBARDIER.
AUGUST 2000: IN OCTOBER, ORLANDO - GREENSBORO/HIGH POINT/WINSTON SALEM (CRJ, 50 PAX, 3/DAY, NONSTOPS). IN OCTOBER, TO SARASOTA. IN DECEMBER, TO AUGUSTA.
1999 = 4.08 BILLION (RPK) (+22.3%); 62.9% LF; 7.03 MILLION (PAX) (+14%); 4,536 EMPLOYEES.
1 CL-600-2B19 (7420, N821CA) DELIVERY. 1 EMB-120RT (225) TO BOMBARDIER. 1 CESSNA 208B GRAND CARAVAN (PT6A-114A) (0848, N1287Y) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 2000: CODE SHARE WITH AEROMEXICO (AMX), DALLAS - MEXICO CITY/PUEBLA. TO DALLAS.
2 CL-600-2B19'S (7427, N868CA; 7428, N403CA), DELIVERIES.
OCTOBER 2000: IN NOVEMBER, TO BOSTON.
1ST 9 MONTHS = 2.24 BILLION (RPM) (+20.1%), +15.5% (ASM), 67% LF (+2.6).
2 CL-600-2B19 (7440, N408CA; 7441, N409CA) DELIVERIES.
NOVEMBER 2000: NEW YORK (JFK) - CHICAGO (ORD). IN JANUARY, (JFK) - CLEVELAND. IN FEBRUARY, (JFK) - NORFOLK. BIRMINGHAM - NEW YORK LAGUARDIA (2/DAY). (JFK) - BOSTON.
3RD QUARTER = +$34.7 MILLION (+$34.6 MILLION) (+.1%): +24.1% (RPM), +23% (ASM), FUEL COSTS +57.2%. DURING THIS QUARTER, DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) MADE A CASH TENDER OFFER FOR THE 78% REMAINING SHARES OF COMAIR (COI), THAT (DAL) DOES NOT ALREADY OWN.
2 CRJ-100ER'S (7450; N416CA; 7451, N420CA) DELIVERIES.
DECEMBER 2000: ALL-CRJ OPERATIONS AT CINCINNATI (311 DAILY FLIGHTS = 62.5% OF ALL DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) FLIGHTS AT AIRPORT).
NOW OPERATES 103 CRJ100'S. 2 CRJ-100ER'S (7460, N427CA; 7461, N430CA) DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 2001: 2000 = 3.06 BILLION (RPM) (+20.9%), +14.2% (ASM), 66.7% LF (+3.7).
FORT LAUDERDALE TO TALLAHASSEE (2 DAILY NONSTOPS). IN 4/01, TO PROVIDENCE (DAILY NONSTOP).
1 CL-600-2B19 (7472) DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 2001: IN 4/01, TO BALTIMORE NONSTOP (DAILY).
2000 = 8.1M PAX (+15.1%) (7M).
OPERATES 815 DAILY FLIGHTS TO 95 CITIES.
TO CLARKSBURG, FAIRMONT, BRIDGEPORT, WEST VIRGINIA IN 4/01.
2 CL-600-2B19'S (7472; 7473, N435CA) DELIVERIES.
MARCH 2001: FLIGHT CREWS (FC) GO OUT ON STRIKE (1,350 (FC).
APRIL 2001: PILOTS STRIKE IS COSTING COMAIR (COI), AND PARENT, DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) -$4M/DAY.
(COI) STATES, IT WILL SELL SEVERAL OF ITS CRJ'S, TO STAY IN BUSINESS. WILL REMOVE 8 CRJ100'S, AND ALL 9 EMB 120'S, FROM FLEET (ELIMINATES 200 FC), AND DEFERS FUTURE CRJ DELIVERIES (HAD 2 CRJ100'S & 20 CRJ700'S ON ORDER).
WITH CONTINUATION OF PILOT'S STRIKE, WILL LAY OFF -2,000, BY MID 5/01 AND CUT ALL BENEFITS.
MAY 2001: PILOTS STRIKE, HAS LASTED 7 WEEKS, AND COMAIR (COI) HAS LOST APPROXIMATELY -$150M. IF CURRENT CONTRACT PROPOSAL IS NOT ACCEPTED, (COI) WILL GO OUT OF BUSINESS, AND ALL EMPLOYEES WILL BE LAID OFF. AS STRIKE CONTINUES, ANOTHER -400 EMPLOYEES BEING FURLOUGHED, AND -200 (FC) POSITIONS ELIMINATED.
MAIN BASE: CINCINNATI/NORTHERN KENTUCKY INTERNATIONAL.
HUB: ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL.
JULY 2001: RETURNS TO SERVICE, AFTER PILOT STRIKE, WHICH STARTED 3/25.
HAS 83 CRJ-200'S WHICH REMAIN IN FLEET. HAD REDUCED ITS FLEET, BY -36 APLS.
STARTS FLYING TO +14 CITIES FOR TOTAL 60. BY 1/02, EXPECTS TO OPERATE 108 AIRPLANES, TO 97 CITIES, & OFFER 766 DAILY FLIGHTS.
1ST 6 MONTHS = 720M RPM (-51%), -46.3% ASM, 60.9% LF (-5.1).
AUGUST 2001: CODE SHARE WITH CSA CZECH AIRLINES (CSA), TO SELECTED US CITIES, FROM TRANSATLANTIC CONNECTIONS, AT NEW YORK (JFK), CHICAGO (ORD), AND BOSTON LOGAN.
SEPTEMBER 2001: IN 2/02, RALEIGH TO ORLANDO.
OCTOBER 2001: IN 11/01, ATLANTA - ALLENTOWN/HARRISBURG. ALSO, NEW YORK (JFK) - NORFOLK. ORLANDO - NASHVILLE (3/DAY) IN 1/02.
DECEMBER 2001: DAVE SOAPER, VP SAFETY SECURITY & SYSTEMS OPERATIONS.
IN 2/02, TO BALTIMORE, DETROIT AND PHILADELPHIA. IN 4/02, TO FLINT, MICH (4 NONSTOPS/DAY).
2 CRJ DELIVERIES (1ST SINCE 2/01). PLANS FOR ALL-JET FLEET BY END OF 2002.
JANUARY 2002: TO NEW YORK LAGUARDIA. IN 2/02, DALLAS - CORPUS CHRISTI, INDIANAPOLIS. IN 3/02, CINCINNATI - DALLAS. DALLAS - LOUISVILLE. NEW YORK LAGUARDIA - MYRTLE BEACH. NEW YORK LAGUARDIA - BIRMINGHAM.
2001 = 7.04M PASSENGERS, 3RD HIGHEST OF ALL REGIONAL AIRLINES FOLLOWING 1 AMERICAN EAGLE 11.30M; AND CONTINENTAL EXPRESS 7.68M.
MARCH 2002: TO OKLAHOMA CITY - SAVANNAH. DALLAS - LOUISVILLE, RALEIGH, & SAN ANTONIO. IN 5/02, ATLANTA - WILKES BARRE.
CL-600-2B19 (7627, N466CA) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2002: 1ST Q = 1.23B RPK (+6.83%); +5.7% ASM, 61.4% LF (+.6); 1.86M PAX (+2.7%); 7.43M FTK (+24.95%).
(TELEPHONE: +1 (859) 767 2550). (FAX: +1 (859) 767 2278).
ATLANTA TO CHARLOTTESVILLE, & INDIANAPOLIS.
June 2002: 3 CL-600-2B19'S (7649, N468CA; 7650, N470CA; 7655, N471CA) deliveries.
July 2002: In 9/02, Dallas - Chicago (ORD). Also, Tallahassee - West Palm Beach. In 10/02, to Atlantic City (CRJ, 3/day).
2001 = 3.01B RPK (-13.1%); 60.6% LF; 4.77M PAX (-15.9%); 17.22M FTK (-21.6%); 4,500 employees (-10%). 6 months = 2.75B RPK (+138.4%); +121.83% ASK; 65.34% LF (+4.5); 4.09M PAX (+125.63%); 16.48M FTK (+177.12%).
CL-600-2B19 (7473, N435CA), returned from Skywest. 3 CL-600-2B19's (7667, N472CA; 7668, N473CA; 7675, N479CA) deliveries. 2 EMB-120RRT's (263; 267) returned.
September 2002: Boston - Washington National (DCA).
1st CRJ700, 70Y, delivery (10055, N317CA). (COI) is expecting this airplane to inject new flexibility into the critical drive to meet shifting market demand, and are looking for cost improvements of at least -14%, over the 50-seat CRJ200. The CRJ700, is equipped with leading edge slats that will enable (COI) to fly from the Midwest, to popular destinations with comparatively short runeays, such as Key West, Florida. The 2 (CF34-8C1) turbofans, at 12,670-lb thrust at takeoff, provide a 45%-thrust increase over the CRJ200 engines, easily power a fully loaded airplane to Flight Level 300-350, where (COI) plans to routinely fly. Direct Operating Costs (DOC) are estimated at 5.75 cents/ASM, on a 500-mile sector (6.65 cents/ASM for CRJ200). The cockpit display including an enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS). 1st cities to receive the CRJ700, including Albany, Buffalo, Bangor, Detroit, and Omaha.
October 2002: In 12/-2, Orlando - Huntsville. In 1/03, to Moline. In 4/03, New York LaGuardia (LGA) - Savannah. In 6/03, (LGA) to Nashville, and Indianapolis.
Contract to TRAX (to become its 30th customer), for maintenance management software.
Put its 1st CRJ700 into service.
CL-600-2B19 (7702, N484CA) delivery. 2 CL-600-2C10 (10053, N505AE; 10056, N506AE) deliveries.
November 2002: Boston to Portland, Maine. In 12/02, Washington (DCA) to Tampa. In 1/03, to Binghampton, and Atlanta/Cincinnati - Shreveport. Also, Salt Lake City to Helena, Omaha, and Santa Barbara.
CL60-2B19 (7707) & CL-600-2C10 (10064, N354CA) deliveries.
December 2002: To Colorado Springs. In 1/03, Atlanta to Tampa/Orlando. In 1/03, Washington (DCA) - Atlantic City (weekends). In 2/03, Dallas to Gulfport (Sats), and Dallas to Melbourne (weekends).
2 CL-600-2C10's (10067, N355CA; 10069, N367CA) deliveries.
January 2003: Seasonal Cincinnati - Fort Walton Beach & Tallahassee. Cincinnati - Erie. In 3/03, Orlando - Columbus/Louisville, Tampa - Columbus. In 4/03, Dallas - Houston.
1 CL-600-2B19 (7730, N488CA) & 3 CL-600-2C10's (10075, N368CA; 10079, N369CA; 10082, N371CA) deliveries.
February 2003: In 4/03, New Yoek LaGuardia - Lexington/Manchester, and LaGuardia - Knoxville.
3 CL-600-2B19's (7755, N489CA; 7756, N491CA; 7763, N492CA) deliveries.
March 2003: Myrtle Beach - Boston/New York LaGuardia (LGA) (weekends). In 4/03, Salt Lake City - Reno. Atlanta - Baltimore, Daytona Beach, Des Moines, Evansville, Grand Rapids, Greenville, Houston, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Toronto, & New York (JFK) - Baltimore, Pittsburgh. Dallas - Louisville/San Antonio. In 6/03, Atlanta - Rochester. In 11/03, Boston - Portland (Maine). In 12/03, Atlanta - Buffalo.
2 CL-600-2B19's (7765, N494CA; 7774, N495CA), deliveries.
April 2003: Washington (DCA) - Fort Lauderdale/Huntsville. Atlanta - Islip.
CL-600-2B19 (10097, N378CA) delivery.
May 2003: Cincinnati - New Orleans & Providence. In 6/03, Atlanta to Charlotte, Knoxville, Lexington, Melbourne, Newburgh, Norfolk, Roanoke, South Bend, Toledo, & Wichita. In 7/03, Cincinnati - Northwest Arkansas (Bentonville) (CRJ200).
2 CL-600-2B19's (7791, N496CA; 7793, N506CA) deliveries.
June 2003: In 7/03, Atlanta - Houston (Hobby).
July 2003: 6 CL-600-2B19's (7796, N507CA; 7802, N510CA; 7809, N514CA; 7816, N518CA; 7821, N523CA; 7824, N526CA), & 2 CL-600-2C10's (10106, N390CA; 10108, N391CA) deliveries.
August 2003: Atlanta - Fort Walton Beach (Sats). Nashville - New York (JFK) (CRJ, daily). In 9/03, Dallas - Myrtle Beach (Sats). Atlanta - Flint.
Receives the (FAA)'s Diamond Award for the 9th consecutive year, signifying Comair's (COI)'s excellence in airplane maintenance training and safety.
CL-600-2B19 (7292, N769CA) returned from Skywest. 2 CL-600-2C10's (10112, N398CA; 10113, N625CA) deliveries.
September 2003: In 11/03, St Louis - Salt Lake City (CRJ, 70Y). In 2/04, Cincinnati - Tri Cities. In 4/04, Atlanta - Louisville. Atlanta - New York (JFK). In 6/04, Atlanta - Manchester, USA. In 7/04, Atlanta - Fayetteville (XNA)/Jackson.
2002 = 5.96B RPK (+101.4%); +84.4% ASK; 66.2% LF (+5.6); 8.7M PAX (+86.5%); 5,500 EMPLOYEES (+10%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC RPK (B):
91 (BMA) 6.56; 92 (LNK) 6.41; 93 (RAM) 6.38; 94 (BTA) 6.36; 95 (QTA) 6.20; 96 (COI) 5.96; 97 (EGF) 5.94; 98 (LOT) 5.87; 99 (FRO) 5.49; 100 (WJI) 5.49.
150th CRJ delivery - CL-600-2B19 (7841, N528CA).
October 2003: Salt Lake City to Minneapolis, Phoenix, & Tulsa.
CL-600-2C10 (10122, N641CA) delivery.
November 2003: Atlanta - Savannah. Atlanta - Augusta. New York (JFK) - Toronto. Atlanta - Charleston. In 1/04, Detroit - Atlanta.
December 2003: CL-600-2C10 (10125, N642CA) delivery.
January 2004: Salt Lake City - Oklahoma City. In 4/04, Cincinnati - Springfield.
CL-600-2C10 (10134, N655CA), delivery.
February 2004: Dallas - Myrtle Beach (weekends). In 3/04, Salt Lake City - Seattle. In 4/04, Salt Lake City - Billings. New York LaGuardia, Orlando - Greenville (2/day nonstop).
CL-600-2B19 (7450, N416CA) returned from Skywest.
March 2004: In 5/04, Cincinnati - New Haven.
April 2004: In 5/04, Atlanta - Monterrey. In 6/04, Washington (DCA) - Lexington. In 7/04, Cincinnati - Sioux Falls (3/day).
1st Q = 1.43B RPM (+40.3%); +34.4% ASM; 63% LF (+2.8); 2.85M PAX (+29.97%); 26.42M FTK (+94.23%).
CL-600-2C10 (10143, N656CA) delivery.
May 2004: In 7/04, Cincinnati - Albany, Austin. Cincinnati - Portland (ME).
CL-600-2C10 (10148, N658CA) delivery.
June 2004: Salt Lake City - San Francisco. New York (JFK) - Charleston, Savannah (CRJ, 50 PAX, daily).
Signs agreement with Sabre Airline Solutions to implement the Sabre AirCrews Operations Manager for managing flightcrew operations.
July 2004: New York (JFK) - Greensboro. Cincinnati - Sioux Falls (3/day).
2003 = 8.42B RPK (+39.4%); 66.2% LF; 10.94M PAX (+25.2%); 79.1M FTK (+48.5%).
CL-600-2C10 (10153, N659CA) delivery.
September 2004: Cincinnati - Huntington. In 1/05, Cincinnati to Baton Rouge, Montgomery, Mobile, Pensacola, & Fort Walton Beach.
CL-600-2C10 (10162, N668CA) delivery.
October 2004: In 1/05, Tallahassee to New York (JFK) (2/day, nonstop). This is part of parent, Delta's "point-to-point flying and focus-city growth." (JFK) to Melbourne (Florida) (2/day, nonstop). In 2/05, Cincinnat - (JFK). In 6/05, (JFK) - Raleigh. In 7/05, (JFK) - Philadelphia, Washington (DCA); Boston - Bangor, Burlington, Fredericton, Greensboro, Halifax, (JFK), Raleigh.
Deployed Ultimate Software's UltiPro Workforce Management to manage its payroll and human resources processes.
November 2004: Cincinnati - Champaign, Charleston, Erie, Charlottesville, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee, State College; Atlanta - Lexington. In 2/05, Cincinnati - New Orleans.
CL-600-2C10 (10176, N669CA) delivery.
December 2004: In 3/05, Hartford - Fort Myers.
CL-600-2C10 (10182, N690CA), delivery.
January 2005: Fred Buttrell, CEO, ex-Delta Connection, replaces Randy Rademacher.
Comair (COI) operates about 1,000 flights/day to >110 cities using a fleet of 163 airplanes.
April 2005: 5,500 employees.
CL-600-2B19 (7476, N862AS), ASA leased.
June 2005: Louisville - New York (JFK) (CRJ, daily nonstop).
CL-600-2B19 (7479), ASA leased.
July 2005: CRJ-200's (7502, N864AS; 7517, N866AS) transferred from Atlantic Southeast.
August 2005: 6,000 employees (+9.1%).
CRJ-200 (7507) transferred from Atlantic Southeast.
Comair (COI), Delta Air Lines (DAL)'s Regional subsidiary, announced Thursday it will cut -250 to -650 more jobs as part of its effort to reduce costs by -$70 million in support of the parent company's emergence from Chapter 11. Comair (COI) announced -350 layoffs at its Cincinnati hub five weeks ago. A company spokesman said that the airline will examine the impact of a planned December reduction in fleet size and traffic before deciding how many layoffs will be required. Those cuts likely will not happen before year end. The changes will not be immediate.
The carrier eventually will remove -30 airplanes from its fleet of 174, starting with a loss of -11 planes in December that will reduce its daily flights from 1,150 to 903.
In addition, it is scheduled to begin discussions with union representatives to reduce salaries in December for pilots by -$17.3 million, flight attendants by -$8.9 million and mechanics by -$1 million. Pilots have been working under a pay freeze since June. Executives will take an across-the-board pay cut of -$5.2 million as well.
"These changes, while difficult, are necessary in the current industry environment and are required if we are to emerge from our restructuring ready to compete and win," Comair (COI) President Fred Buttrell said in a statement. "We are looking at ways to minimize this impact on our people and to help ease this transition. Our goal is to handle as much of the transition as possible through voluntary means."
Approximately 5,000 of Comair (COI)'s 7,000 employees work out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky hub but the layoffs are expected to occur systemwide. Long-term cost-cutting initiatives will target some 40- and 70-seat airplanes in addition to the 50-seat planes affected by the September reductions. Comair (COI) said that all destinations in Delta (DAL)'s network will continued to be served, albeit some with a reduced schedule.
Buttrell indicated that the airline hopes eventually to strengthen itself as a 70-seat carrier. "We believe that 70-seat flying and, potentially, larger gauge equipment will be in higher demand as the industry continues to restructure," he said.
September 2005: 10 CRJ-100ER's (7062; 7069; 7072; 7077; 7079; 7279; 7285; 7292; 7293; 7297), transferred from SkyWest Airlines. 4 CRJ-200ER's (7727; 7728; 7731; 7754), transferred from ASA - Atlantic Southeast.
October 2005: Comair (COI) will inaugurate nonstop service from Orlando to Washington's Reagan National Airport on Dec 1st. The airline will operate 2 daily flights using a Canadair RJ200.
Will lay off -14% of its workforce and shed up to -20% of its fleet to help parent, Delta Airlines (DAL) cut costs in bankruptcy.
Comair (COI) announced it will cut up to -30 Canadair regional regional jets from its fleet of 150, starting with -11 airplanes in December. The airline will also reduce service to various destinations.
November 2005: Delta Connection carrier Comair (COI) announced it now is offering bi-hourly service between New York (JFK) and Boston Logan and will begin "frequent" service between Boston and Baltimore-Washington International Dec 1. Comair (COI) applied to begin direct service between Reagan Washington National and Savannah aboard 50-seat CRJ200s.
CL-600-2B19 (7069, N588SW; 7072, N589SW; 7077, N590SW) returned from Skywest. 2 CL-600-2B19's (7487, N863AS; 7727, N866AS), returned to (ASA).
December 2005: Delta Air Lines (DAL) will inaugurate nonstop service from New York (LGA) to New Orleans on Feb 16th. Delta Connection carrier Comair (COI) will operate a daily flight using a CRJ.
CL-600-2B19 (7502, N864AS), returned.
January 2006: Pilots (FC) at Comair (COI), a Regional subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL), narrowly approved a measure, designed to save the carrier -$17.3 million annually. Represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Comair (COI) pilots voted 50.57% in favor of an agreement that reduces pay and retirement benefits and extends the pilot contract for four years. The deal is subject to approval by the USA Bankruptcy Court. Last October, Comair (COI) announced plans to lower costs by up to -$70 million to aid Delta (DAL)'s emergence from bankruptcy. Additional savings will include cuts in the Regional's fleet, network and employment costs. Delta (DAL) has announced it will remove up to 30 airplanes from the Comair (COI) fleet.
Delta Connection carrier Comair (COI) will start daily service from Boston to Nashville and Savannah from April 3. Flights will be operated by 50-seat CRJ-200s.
March 2006: Delta Air Lines (DAL) announced a significant summer expansion at New York (JFK) comprising 46 daily mainline and Delta Connection flights to 17 destinations. The vast majority of the flights will be operated to cities in the Northeast USA by Delta Connection carriers Comair (COI) and Freedom Airlines, the latter a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group.
Comair (COI) will use 50-seat CRJ-200s on a new four-times-daily service to Buffalo, a twice-daily service to Cleveland, two additional daily frequencies to Detroit, a daily flight to Montreal, and a four-times-daily service to Rochester. All commence June 8.
To support the (JFK) expansion, Delta (DAL) said it will spend $10 million this year to upgrade and renovate its facilities at Terminals 2 and 3, from replacing carpet and wallpaper to refurbishing its customs and immigration entrance and its lounges. It said it will be the only carrier offering nonstop service from (JFK) to Albany, Hartford, Philadelphia and Providence.
Cabin staff (CA) at Comair (COI), a Regional partner of Delta Air Lines (DAL), will be in bankruptcy court this week, attempting to stop a proposed -$8.9 million in pay cuts the company has said it needs to survive.
The flight attendants (CA), represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, balked at the pay cuts and voted by a 93% margin to authorize a strike.
After declaring bankruptcy in September, Comair (COI) announced it would target -$70 million in savings, spokesperson Nick Miller said. The pilot (FC) and mechanics (MT) groups have ratified agreements that achieved a total of -$18.3 million. Miller said the company has put together a new proposal that would cut flight attendant pay by -16.7% rather than the previously proposed -24.6%.
"We still want a consensual agreement. We are very interested in continuing negotiations," he explained. "The company has worked consistently with the union throughout negotiation to find other ways to lessen the actual pay impact."
April 2006: Comair (COI) will inaugurate nonstop service from New York (JFK) to Burlington Vermont on July 5th. (COI) will operate 2 daily flights using its CRJ-200. (COI) will inaugurate nonstop service from New York (JFK) to Richmond Virginia on July 5th. (COI) will operate 2 daily flights using its CRJ-200. This route was scheduled to be inaugurated on September 9th.
Comair (COI)'s request to cancel its labor contract with 1,100 flight attendants (CA) was rejected by the USA Bankruptcy Court, which ordered the carrier to resume negotiations with cabin staff represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Cincinnati-based Regional, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL), is seeking $8.9 million in annual concessions. Judge Adlai Hardin wrote in his decision that "true negotiation necessarily requires compromise" but that Comair (COI) did not attempt to give the flight attendants anything "of substance to bargain for" since the carrier's proposal was "non-negotiable, take-it-or-leave-it." He added that the company's proposal was not "fair and equitable." Comair (COI) said it has cost-cutting deals in place with its pilots (FC) and mechanics (MT) as part of an effort to shed more than -$40 million in annual costs, but those deals are contingent upon also reaching an agreement with flight attendants. The union said it is willing to return to negotiations if management "agrees to bargain in good faith." Comair (COI) said failure to secure pay cuts from the flight attendants will jeopardize its survival.
May 2006: Comair (COI) President, Fred Buttrell resigned and was replaced by CFO, Don Bornhorst. The Delta Air Lines (DAL) Regional affiliate said in a statement that Buttrell, who became Comair (COI) President in January 2005, had "weighed the needs of the company with those of his personal and family life and felt it was time to transition to new leadership." Bornhorst said his main focus is on Comair (COI)'s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. "More work lies ahead in our restructuring efforts, but the essence of our vision over the past 18 months is essentially unchanged," he said. "Operational integrity and exceptional customer service remain the pillars of how we run our airline."
Prior to Bornhorst's appointment to CFO in 2005, he was Comair (COI)'s Senior VP Customers. He joined the carrier in 1991. He "has the background, focus and determination needed to complete the carrier's restructuring, which is a vital step for Comair (COI) to be a viable enterprise going forward," Delta (DAL) Executive VP Operations, Joe Kolshak said. He added that Delta (DAL) understands Buttrell's "desire to be closer to his family and we wish him well."
2 CL-600-2B19's (7079, N591SW; 7293, N597SW), returned from Skywest.
June 2006: CL-600-2B19's (7292, N595SW), returned from Skywest.
July 2006: Comair (COI) was granted permission by the USA Bankruptcy Court to void the labor agreement with its approximately 1,000 cabin staff (CA) and impose a reduced $7.9 million in annual concessions. The airline submitted a second request for relief following the breakdown of negotiations last month. The Delta Air Lines (DAL) subsidiary "demonstrated beyond doubt that a material reduction in Comair (COI) 's flight attendant (CA) costs is essential to the company's ability to be successful in the extraordinarily competitive regional airline market of today," Judge Adlai Hardin wrote, according to the Associated Press.
Comair (COI) will begin daily Boston - Dayton and daily Jacksonville -Pensacola service on September 11.
August 2006: Comair (COI) will inaugurate nonstop service from Boston to Newport News on November 15th, 2 flights a day using a CRJ-200.
ACCDT: The pilots (FC) of the Comair CRJ200 (7472, /01 N431CA) that crashed into a field while taking off from Lexington, Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport early Sunday morning used the wrong runway, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Member, Deborah Hersman confirmed in an evening briefing.
The airplane apparently was cleared to depart from Runway 22, the main runway with a length of 7,003 ft. However, it lined up on the shorter general aviation runway, 26, which is 3,500 ft in length, insufficient for the fully loaded jet to become airborne.
The CRJ crashed through a perimeter fence and came to rest approximately 1 mile beyond the runway, killing 49 of 50 people onboard. The first officer survived and remains in critical condition. The sun had yet to rise, but conditions at the time of the accident were described as clear. When rescuers reached the crash site, the airplane was largely intact, but was in flames. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) have been recovered.
Flight 5191 was bound for Atlanta. Comair (COI) operates as Delta Connection and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL). Both are operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The airplane, was acquired from Bombardier and had a clean maintenance record, Comair (COI) CEO, Don Bornhorst told reporters. It had 14,536 flight hours and 12,048 cycles. "On behalf of everyone at Comair (COI), I cannot adequately express to you our sadness about this accident and our deep concern for everyone involved," Bornhorst said.
It is the worst USA airline accident since the November 2001 crash of an American Airlines (AAL) A300 that resulted in the deaths of 251 passengers, nine crewmembers and five people on the ground. It is Comair (COI)'s second fatal accident. An Embraer Brasilia turboprop crashed on approach to Detroit Metro in January 1997, killing 26 passengers and three crew.
US (NTSB) investigators and Lexington Blue Grass Airport officials confirmed later that alterations had been made to the taxiway that a Comair CRJ200 used before taking off from the incorrect runway Sunday morning and that the lights on that shorter runway were out of service at the time.
The plane, bound for Atlanta, plowed through a barrier at the end of 3,500-ft Runway 26, briefly became airborne, then crashed in a field and burst into flames, killing 49 of 50 people onboard. The airplane would have needed a minimum of 5,000 ft to take off safely, safety experts said.
Repaving along the taxiway leading to both Runway 26 and 7,000-ft Runway 22 resulted in changes in the route the airplane took and was completed a week prior to the accident. Airport officials were not sure if the pilot of the doomed plane had been to the airport since the taxiway changes were made. Runway 26 is used primarily for general aviation and reportedly has signs and cracked concrete that differentiate it from 22. The taxiway crosses over the shorter runway to get to the main commercial runway.
As part of its continuing investigation, (NTSB) will review the runway and taxiway markings. Board Member Deborah Hersman told reporters that the (CVR) tapes were "consistent with normal operations" and that "air traffic control and the flight crew planned for a takeoff from Runway 22." It was the only runway mentioned in conversations between cockpit and tower, she noted.
Investigators examining Sunday's fatal crash of a Comair CRJ200 in Lexington, Kentucky, revealed that the lone air traffic controller on duty was operating on just 2 hours of sleep and was completing the second of two 8-hour shifts in a 24-hour period.
The airplane took off from the wrong runway, which at 3,500 ft was not long enough for it to get airborne, and 49 of 50 onboard were killed. USA (NTSB) investigators are focusing their probe on why the two pilots and the controller failed to notice that the airplane was not on the main 7,000-ft commercial runway.
(NTSB) Board Member, Debbie Hersman said that only one controller, not the two required by (FAA), was on duty at the time. The controller had completed an 8-hour shift Saturday afternoon and had just 9 hours off before returning at 11:30 pm Saturday, she said. She added that he turned his back to tend to "administrative duties" moments before the accident.
The flight's copilot is the lone survivor and reportedly is on life support and unable to communicate. Recorded communication between the pilots and the controller indicate that all three mistakenly believed the plane was on the longer runway. Investigators are exploring whether recent taxiway repaving and darkened runway lights may have confused the pilots.
Bankrupt Comair (COI), a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL), is girding for lawsuits likely to be filed by victims' families. It is offering $25,000 to each to cover immediate expenses, but noted that "no monetary relief can overcome the grief of losing a loved one" and that acceptance of the money "in no way" waives families' legal rights to sue.
(Later, July 2007: The USA National Transportation Safety Board attributed the August 27, 2006, pre-dawn crash of Comair (COI) Flight 5191 at Lexington Blue Grass (Kentucky) Airport to errors by the cockpit crew (FC) that board members were at a loss to explain. In a draft report following an 11-month investigation, (NTSB) called for enhancements in airport taxiway markings and lighting and the use of in-cockpit map displays. The pilots (FC) attempted to take off in a CRJ-200 on a general aviation runway that was too short for the airplane. It struck an earthen berm at the end of the runway and landed in a fiery crash that killed 49 of 50 people onboard. The first officer was the lone survivor. The taxiway at Bluegrass had been reconfigured and the lighting had been changed, due to construction, but the pilots (FC) apparently were unaware of the significance of the changes. Some of the board members expressed frustration, saying that they knew how the accident happened but didn't know why. Both pilots (FC) were seasoned professionals, but apparently missed some vital "cues" as they taxied toward the shorter, darkened runway instead of the main, lighted runway used for commercial airplanes. As the airplane was poised for takeoff, the first officer (FC) reportedly said, "That's weird - - no lights." Even so, the takeoff continued and investigators said there was no indication that either pilot (FC) expressed concern or any sense of confusion. The airport diagram charts that the pilots (FC) both appeared to be using that morning were incorrect, according to investigators. Neither pilot (FC) had received a (NOTAM), or notification of changes in the runway markings or the taxiway. "A number of cues were missing or inaccurate," said Board Member Deborah Hersman. Investigators noted that the pilots (FC) conducted about 40 seconds of "nonpertinent conversation" at the beginning of the flight in violation of the "sterile cockpit" rule. The problems were compounded that morning with only a single air traffic controller on duty in the tower who was momentarily distracted, rather than the two controllers required by the (FAA).
"That's the frustration of this accident - - no single cause, no single solution, no 'ah hah' moment," Hersman said in Washington. "Rather than pointing to a mechanical or design flaw in the airplane, that could be fixed or a maintenance problem that could be corrected, this accident has led us into the briar patch of human behavior." Moments before the ill-fated flight took off, two other regional airplanes from SkyWest Airlines and American Eagle departed and did not appear to have a problem locating the correct runway, investigators noted. "It's very clear this crew made a mistake," Hersman said. "Their heads just weren't in the game here."
Later, the (FAA) noted that the worst commercial airline accident in the USA of the past several years, was the August 2006 Comair (COI) CRJ-200 crash, that occurred after the airplane took off "from a wrong runway that was too short for commercial flights."
("See Judge's ruling in June 2008 report.")
CL-600-2B19 (7092, N952CA), returned to GA Telesis. CL-600-2B19 (7297, N720SW), returned from Skywest.
September 2006: Comair (COI) is one of the world's largest regional airlines, operating Delta (DAL) connection flights to a large number of destinations in the USA, Canada, and the Bahamas, from hubs its main base Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International.
Employees = 7,000.
(IATA) Code: OH - 886. (ICAO) Code: COM - COMAIR.
Parent organization/shareholders: Delta Air Lines (DAL) (100%).
Owns: Delta AirElite Business Jets (100%).
Alliances: Air France (AFA); Czech Airlines (CSA); & Delta Air Lines (DAL).
Main Base: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Akron/Canton; Albany New York; Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton; Appleton; Atlanta; Atlantic City; Austin; Baltimore; Bangor; Binghampton; Birmingham; Boston; Buffalo; Burlington Vermont; Cedar Rapids; Champaign; Charleston South Carolina; Charleston West Virginia; Charlotte; Charlottesville; Chattanooga; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Colorado Springs; Columbia South Carolina; Columbus Ohio; Dayton; Daytona Beach; Denver; Des Moines; Detroit; Erie; Evansville; Fayetteville Arkansas; Flint; Fort Lauderdale; Fort Myers; Fort Wayne; Grand Rapids; Green Bay; Greensboro/High Point; Greenville South Carolina; Harrisburg; Houston; Huntington; Huntsville; Indianapolis; Jackson Mississipi; Jacksonville Florida; Kalamazoo; Kansas City; Knoxville; Lansing; Lexington; Little Rock; Long Island Macarthur; Louisville; Madison; Manchester; Melbourne; Memphis; Miami; Milwaukee; Minneapolis/St Paul; Moline; Myrtle Beach; Nashville; New Haven; New York; Newburgh; Newport News; Norfolk; Oklahoma City; Omaha; Orlando; Panama City; Pensacola; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Portland; Providence; Raleigh/Durham; Richmond; Roanoke; Rochester New York; San Antinio; Sarasota/Bradenton; Savannah; Shreveport; Sioux Falls; South Bend; Springfield Missouri; St Louis; State College; Syracuse; Tallahassee; Tampa; Toledo; Tri-Cities Regional; Tulsa; Washington; West Palm Beach; Westchester County; Wichita; Wilkes-Barne; & Wilmington North Carolina.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Fredericton; Halifax; Montreal; Nassau; & Toronto.
Comair (COI) received an extension from Delta Air Lines (DAL) to October 2 for submitting its bid for Regional jet services.
At the same time, the first lawsuit was filed against the carrier by a family of one of the victims from last week's fatal CRJ-200 crash.
Delta (DAL) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a portion of its Delta Connection services operated by subsidiary Comair (COI) and other carriers as part of its effort to cut costs and emerge from bankruptcy.
Comair (COI) President, Don Bornhorst said he sought an extension of Delta (DAL)'s September 18 deadline so executives at the Regional can "keep our focus now exactly where it should be" in contending with the crash's aftermath. The carrier, also in bankruptcy, is trying to retain existing Delta Connection services as well as win new services. But dealing with the crash investigation and the families of the flight's 49 victims is its immediate priority.
A lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of passenger Rebecca Adams in which lawyers argued that Comair (COI)'s negligence led directly to the crash. The airline said it cannot comment on pending litigation but acknowledged that more lawsuits are likely.
Comair (COI) pilots (FC), who received an updated aeronautical chart of Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX), have been told to exercise "extreme caution" when using the runways and taxiways, where a Comair (COI)CRJ200 attempted to take off from the incorrect runway before crashing on August 27, killing 49 people. Spokesperson Nick Miller said that the advisory was offered after company officials discovered that an updated chart received September 8 - - nearly two weeks after the accident - - had "incorrect information" and did not accurately portray signs and markings at (LEX).
Pilots (FC) were advised further that if they are unsure of a taxi clearance they should seek clarification from Air Traffic Control (ATC). "The advisory that was sent to pilots was related only to the information we received on the charts of September 8, and is not connected to flight 5191," Miller said. The charts are issued through the USA (FAA) and the previous chart was issued January 27. Miller did not specify what the earlier chart included, but said that the National Transportation Safety Board may review it as part of its ongoing investigation.
The (FAA) Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Nicholas Sabatini told the USA Congress that the Comair (COI) CRJ-200 crash in Lexington, Kentucky, last month was an "important reminder" of the government's critical oversight role but said the "tragic" incident should not obscure the fact that USA commercial aviation is in the midst of the "safest period" in its history.
The Comair (COI) crash killed 49, which accounts for more than half of all air transport fatalities in the USA since the end of 2001.
"Since 2001, USA scheduled air carriers have transported approximately 2.2 billion passengers, or seven times the population of our country. Over that time period, we have had a total of 78 passenger fatalities," Sabatini testified at a House subcommittee hearing examining aviation safety in the wake of the fatal CRJ-200 accident. "By no means do I want to downplay the Kentucky accident, but it must be put into context so the flying public understands that our system is extremely safe," he added. "In fact, pilots are actually safer on the job than when they are not at work."
House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman, John Mica (Republican-Florida) noted that 42% of the world's flight departures take place in North America but only 8.6% of worldwide accidents occur in the region. He added that the Comair (COI) crash was "sobering" but that overall trends in aviation safety are positive.
"The fatal accident rate for commercial carriers is down," Mica said. "Ten years ago the rate was 0.51 fatal accidents per 100,000 departures. Today, the rate is 0.023 . . . You are about 40 times safer in an airliner than on the safest stretch of highway in the country."
Comair (COI) will inaugurate nonstop service from Atlanta to Trenton New Jersey on December 18th using its CRJ-200's. (COI) will inaugurate nonstop service from Boston to Trenton New Jersey on December 18th. Comair (COI) will operate 2 daily flights using its CRJ-200's, and a 3rd daily flight will begin on January 8th.
October 2006: Comair (COI) will launch service from Trenton to Boston (thrice-daily) and Atlanta (daily) on December 18, aboard 50-seat CRJs.
Comair (COI) announced that it has filed suit against the US government, the (FAA) and airport authorities as part of an effort to ensure that compensation owed to victims' families as a result of the CRJ200 accident that killed 49 people at Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in August is "shared fairly and reasonably among all parties who share responsibility," according to Comair (COI) President, Don Bornhorst.
"Separate and apart from the (NTSB)'s investigation and ultimate findings, we want to ensure prompt compensation for the families and victims, and resolve the appropriate apportionment of financial costs. This must be accomplished through the legal process," Bornhorst added.
The first lawsuit on behalf of a victim against the Regional carrier was filed September 1, five days after the CRJ200 attempted to take off from (LEX)'s shorter general aviation runway before bursting through a perimeter fence and catching fire. Only the first officer survived.
Comair (COI)'s filing consisted of an administrative claim against the government "based on the actions of the (FAA)" and a separate lawsuit in US District Court in Kentucky against the government, the Lexington Airport Board and other officials seeking "declaratory judgment" that the defendants share responsibility for the crash and that Comair (COI) or its insurer can seek contributions from the airport and the government when settling compensation claims.
(NTSB)'s investigation into the accident is ongoing, but it already has been established that there was only one air traffic controller on duty rather than the required two and that the controller was completing the second of two 8-hour shifts over a 24-hour period. Questions also have been raised about the accuracy of the airport data provided to Comair (COI) pilots.
The carrier's effort to focus attention on the breakdown in (ATC) protocol met with some resistance last week in Washington, where Flight Safety Foundation President and CEO, Bill Voss said the lack of two controllers should not be overstated as a possible cause. He maintained that the investigation should be focused primarily on the pilots and the airplane's systems.
"Sometimes the simple solutions aren't as simple as you think," Voss said. "More eyes in the tower isn't a guarantee . . . The error was primarily in the cockpit. Look underneath that - - why didn't the pilots or the airplane's system recognize they were on the wrong runway? Focusing on the backside, seems a bit disingenuous to me. That the pilots and the plane's system didn't recognize which runway they were on, is a very basic problem."
Comair (COI) and its 970 flight attendants (CA) represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, reached a tentative labor agreement. The carrier was granted permission to void its previous deal over the summer and said it would impose new terms from November 15. The union said the deal is for four years and includes a -7.5% pay cut, the Associated Press reported. Teamsters President, Jim Hoffa said Comair (COI) cabin staff (CA) remain the best paid in the USA Regional market. Union members will vote on the new agreement by November 14.
2 CL-600-2B19s (7251, N629BR; 7712, N685BR), Delta Airlines (DAL) leased.
November 2006: Delta Connection carrier Comair (COI) asked a USA Bankruptcy Court to allow it to impose pay concessions, if it fails to reach agreement with its 1,500 pilots (FC) on cost cuts. The bankrupt Regional is seeking -$15.8 million in annual savings from pilots (FC). Company officials said they would prefer a consensual agreement to a court-imposed wage and benefit schedule, and hope to continue negotiations with the pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).
"I am disappointed that Comair (COI) management has elected to manipulate the bankruptcy laws in this manner, in an attempt to inflict its concessionary goals on our pilots," said Captain J C Lawson, Chairman of (ALPA)'s Comair (COI) pilots unit. "All along, we have taken the position that the best resolution to the company's present financial challenges is a negotiated, mutually agreeable settlement." The carrier has reached tentative agreements with its flight attendants and mechanics.
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Delta Air Lines (DAL) and Comair (COI) (on behalf of the family of a deceased passenger from the August 27 Flight 5191 crash in Lexington, Kentucky. Plaintiff's Attorney, Steven Marks said in a statement that it is "clear that the flight crew (FC) made critical and fatal mistakes. Comair (COI) has acknowledged publicly that its pilots were using an outdated airport map in an attempt to make excuses for departing from the wrong runway. Therefore, both the airline and its pilots are clearly responsible for this tragedy, despite what we are sure will be efforts by their insurer and lawyers to blame others."
Leter, the USA National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released documents in which Comair (COI) conceded that the pilots of the CRJ-200 violated sterile cockpit guidelines. The airline added that "it would be simple but inaccurate to conclude that the only cause of this tragic accident was a mistake by Comair (COI)'s well-trained and experienced flight crew (FC)," the Associated Press reported. The carrier alleged that taxiway diagrams used by the pilots were not up to date and that the presence of a second controller on duty may have prevented the fatal accident, which the USA (FAA) has acknowledged.
Comair (COI) flight attendants (CA), represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, ratified a four-year agreement reached last month that includes a pay cut (-7.5%, according to the Associated Press), increases job security and caps health insurance payments at the bankrupt Regional subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL). "With this vote, our members have shown they are ready to move forward," said Connie Slayback, a Comair (COI) flight attendant, who is President of Teamsters Local 513. "This agreement maintains industry leading wages and helps Comair (COI) begin the process of rebuilding the company." The airline still is in negotiations with the Air Line Pilots Association.
Delta Air Lines (DAL) will launch a Boston - Chicago Midway service on January 11, operating thrice-daily on weekdays and twice-daily on weekends aboard Comair (COI) 50-seat CRJs.
Comair (COI) received USA (FAA) certification to perform repair station Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on third-party 50- and 70-seat CRJs. It will do the work at its Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky facility. It plans to achieve certification for its Orlando facility "in the coming months."
1 CL-600-2B19 (7635, N675BR), Delta Airlines (DAL) leased.
December 2006: Comair (COI) pilots (FC) voted to authorize a strike if a USA Bankruptcy Court judge rejects their contract. The pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, said they should not have to make additional concessions because the company is projected to earn a +$50 million profit this year. Comair (COI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL), filed for bankruptcy along with its parent in September 2005. "Make no mistake, the pilots will not tolerate company-imposed pay and work conditions," (MEC) Chairman, J C Lawson said after a recent vote. "This vote should send a clear message that our pilots are united and we are ready to take all appropriate steps in defense of our working agreement."
Comair (COI) pilots have agreed to -$11 million in annual concessions over the past year but they now are balking at calls for additional wage cuts that range from -8% to -22%. They voted 93% in favor to authorize union leadership to call a strike. Lawson said the pilots continue to negotiate with management and prefer to settle the dispute at the bargaining table, rather than leave their fate in the hands of a judge.
"I don't think they see the big picture," analyst Doug Abbey of The Velocity Group said. "Other companies are anxious to get incremental flying out of Delta (DAL) and would stop at nothing to do so. In the industry, growth will accrue to certain carriers at the expense of other carriers." Last month, Delta (DAL) tapped SkyWest to operate 12 CRJ700s out of Cincinnati previously flown by Comair (COI). "I think their actions will have significant and perhaps a permanent impact. Ultimately, it becomes a Pyrrhic victory," Abbey said.
3 CL-600-2B19s (7613; 7689; 7702), sold to Bombardier. 1 CL-600-2B19 (10064; 10153), leased to ASA.. 2 CL-600-2C10s (10062; 10069), leased to SkyWest.
February 2007: Starting March 22nd, 5/week, Salt Lake City - Victoria, using CRJ-200s; and June 15th increasing to 7/week. Starting June 16th, new 4/week, Atlanta - George Town (Bahamas); new 3/week, - North Eleuthera (Bahamas), both using CRJ-200s.
Comair (COI) pilots (FC) were back at the bargaining table in yet another effort to forestall the imposition of some -$15.8 million in proposed wage and benefit cuts. Comair (COI) officials reportedly were reviewing the latest proposal from the pilots (FC) and had extended the deadline for imposing the cuts. A bankruptcy court judge ruled February 7th, that the pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Assn (ALPA), were forbidden to strike or take other job actions against Comair (COI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL). The pilots had authorized a strike in December.
"We could not ignore (ALPA)'s constant, public threats to strike," Comair (COI) President, Don Bornhorst said. "The injunction helps us protect our business, customers and employees and is an unfortunate necessity to allow us to complete our restructuring." But the union said the ruling "tramples" rights guaranteed under the Railway Labor Act. "We are outraged by this court ruling that bars the Comair (COI) pilots from striking," (ALPA) declared, adding the decision "endangers the rights of all pilots, indeed every worker across the nation."
Later, Comair (COI) pilots (FC) represented by the Air Line Pilots Assn, reached a tentative agreement shortly after a Febraury 12 midnight deadline that has been accepted by the company. The four-year deal was not what the pilots had hoped for, but they felt they had little choice as the carrier's deadline to impose terms had arrived, according to one Comair (COI) pilot. "We didn't have the leverage we needed to secure the deal we really aspired to," Paul Denke said. He did not disclose the details of the proposed agreement but said the airline approved it and the (ALPA) Master Executive Council will review the contract and decide whether to send it to members for approval. Comair (COI), was seeking some $15.8 million in wage and benefit concessions from the pilots. It marked the second time in two years pilots had been asked for concessions by the bankrupt carrier, Denke pointed out. "We felt this was the best the pilots could do," he said. "Everyone else [in the regional industry] will be negotiating pay raises and we just negotiated concessions. That was the hardest part for us . . . we are going to be left at the bottom."
4 CL-600-2B19s (7612; 7627; 7650; 7707) sold to Bombardier.
March 2007: Comair (COI) pilots (FC) represented by the Air Line Pilots Assn (ALPA) ratified a four-year contract after months of wrangling with management over pay and benefit concessions. The new contract is expected to save the airline -$40 million and will cut pilot salaries -7.75% to -13%. Some 68% voted in favor of the deal, which also included an $82.5 million bankruptcy claim, the pilots recently sold. J C Lawson, Chairman of Comair (COI)'s (ALPA) unit, said the pact represented a vote for "the better of two difficult outcomes."
3 CL-600-2B19s (7637; 7668; 7671), sold to Bombardier.
April 2007: Comair (COI) expects to hire +368 additional pilots (FC) through July.
5 CL-600-2B19s (7150; 7151; 7730; 7755; 7763), sold to Bombardier.
May 2007: Delta Air Lines (DAL) announced an order for 14 CRJ-900s valued at $511 million and said it will place the airplanes with regional subsidiary Comair (COI), apparently quelling speculation that it would attempt to sell the Cincinnati-based carrier. "The investment . . . is a powerful affirmation of the partnership we have with Delta Air Lines (DAL)," Comair (COI) President, Don Bornhorst said. Comair (COI) will take delivery of the airplanes, which will be configured with 12 first class (F) and 64 economy seats (Y), between August 2007 and February 2008, with the first expected to enter service in September. They will replace 14 CRJ-100s that (DAL) will sell back to Bombardier. "Comair (COI) is a strategic part of the Delta Connection network and we are proud to be part of Comair (COI)'s next chapter," (DAL) COO, Jim Whitehurst said, adding that Delta Connection service now will be "more like Delta mainline, with more first class (F) seats, improved onboard snack and beverage service, and a more seamless travel experience with mainline jets."
In addition to supplying Comair (COI) with the new CRJ-900s, (DAL) is assuming responsibility for airport customer service and baggage handling for Atlantic Southeast Airlines in Atlanta, creating an organization within the company to oversee regional operations and performance and will replace seat cushions on all regional airplanes.
"Delta (DAL) continues to listen to our customers who have told us that they prefer the option of first class (F) seats and enhanced service on the ground," Whitehurst said. Customers "can expect similar levels of service on any size of airplane."
CL-600-2B19 (7649, N468CA), sold to EDC Lease Finance Trust.
July 2007: Further to the August 2006 ACCDT, see the following report: The USA National Transportation Safety Board attributed the August 27, 2006, pre-dawn crash of Comair (COI) Flight 5191 at Lexington Blue Grass (Kentucky) Airport to errors by the cockpit crew (FC) that board members were at a loss to explain. In a draft report following an 11-month investigation, (NTSB) called for enhancements in airport taxiway markings and lighting and the use of in-cockpit map displays. The pilots (FC) attempted to take off in a CRJ-200 on a general aviation runway that was too short for the airplane. It struck an earthen berm at the end of the runway and landed in a fiery crash that killed 49 of 50 people onboard. The first officer was the lone survivor. The taxiway at Bluegrass had been reconfigured and the lighting had been changed, due to construction, but the pilots (FC) apparently were unaware of the significance of the changes. Some of the board members expressed frustration, saying that they knew how the accident happened but didn't know why. Both pilots (FC) were seasoned professionals, but apparently missed some vital "cues" as they taxied toward the shorter, darkened runway instead of the main, lighted runway used for commercial airplanes. As the airplane was poised for takeoff, the first officer reportedly said, "That's weird - - no lights." Even so, the takeoff continued and investigators said there was no indication that either pilot (FC) expressed concern or any sense of confusion. The airport diagram charts that the pilots (FC) both appeared to be using that morning were incorrect, according to investigators. Neither pilot (FC) had received a (NOTAM), or notification of changes in the runway markings or the taxiway. "A number of cues were missing or inaccurate," said Board Member Deborah Hersman. Investigators noted that the pilots (FC) conducted about 40 seconds of "nonpertinent conversation" at the beginning of the flight in violation of the "sterile cockpit" rule. The problems were compounded that morning with only a single air traffic controller on duty in the tower who was momentarily distracted, rather than the two controllers required by the (FAA).
"That's the frustration of this accident - - no single cause, no single solution, no 'ah hah' moment," Hersman said in Washington. "Rather than pointing to a mechanical or design flaw in the airplane, that could be fixed or a maintenance problem that could be corrected, this accident has led us into the briar patch of human behavior." Moments before the ill-fated flight took off, two other regional airplanes from SkyWest Airlines and American Eagle departed and did not appear to have a problem locating the correct runway, investigators noted. "It's very clear this crew made a mistake," Hersman said. "Their heads just weren't in the game here."
A Comair (COI) pilot instructor said in a deposition that the pilots (FC) of Comair (COI) Flight 5191, would have failed a flight test that day for several rules violations, the "Associated Press" (AP) reported. The testimony was excerpted in a brief filed by Blue Grass Airport, which is responding to a claim filed by the carrier relating to a lawsuit filed by a victim's relatives, (AP) said. Forty-nine people were killed when the CRJ-200 attempted to take off from the incorrect runway. Thomas Scharold testified that the pilots violated briefing, taxi and sterile cockpit rules.
August 2007: Comair (COI) is hiring 40 pilots (FC) per month.
CL-600-2D24 (15127, N676CA), delivery.
September 2007: 2 CL-600-2D24s (15125, N678CA; 15132, N679CA), deliveries.
October 2007: Delta Air Lines (DAL) reported third-quarter net income of +$220 million, more than quadrupling net earnings of +$52 million in the year-ago quarter, when it was operating under bankruptcy protection, and said it actively is seeking ways to cut costs further, including the possible sale of regional subsidiary Comair (COI). CEO, Richard Anderson said during a conference call that a decision "on whether we should own Comair (COI)" will be made within 3 to 6 months.
Delta Air Lines (DAL) named Comair (COI) President, Don Bornhorst as Senior VP Delta Connection, putting him in charge of the daily operations of nine partner carriers. He replaces Wayne Aaron, who will return to his role as VP Strategic Planning & Business Development, (DAL) said. Former Song (SNG) head, John Selvaggio will take over for Bornhorst at Comair (COI).
2 CL-600-2D24s (15092, N692CA; 15133, N689CA), deliveries.
November 2007: 1st 6 months = 3.61 billion (RPK)s (-13.26%); -13.43% (ASK)s; 73.7% LF (+.1); 114,000 (FTK)s (-94.66%) freight traffic; 4.55 million passengers (-12.58%).
CL-600-2D24 (15096, N693CA), delivery. 4 CL-600-2B19s (7169; 7171; 7174; 7204), sold to Bombardier.
December 2007: Comair (COI) is accepting resumes and interviewing to hire 50 pilots (FC) per month through the first quarter of 2008. Applicants can apply online.
CL-600-2D24 (15097, N695CA), delivery. 3 CL-600-2B19s (7179; 7229; 7279), sold to Bombardier.
January 2008: 2007 statistics: 7.4 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic -12.5%; -13.5% capacity (ASK)s; +.9 load factor for 75.1% LF. SEE ATTACHED COMPARISON CHART TO SELECTED OPERATORS - "COI-2007-STATS."
Comair (COI) will eliminate up to -14 50-seat airplanes from its fleet of 131 regional jets. Parent, Delta Airlines (DAL) previously announced it will cut its domestic flights by up to -5%, a reduction that is the equivalent of -10 mainline airplanes and 35 Regional Jets (RJ)s. Delta Connection carriers will have up to -15% fewer scheduled block hours, as the company reduces flying and fuel consumption. At the same time, (DAL) intends to increase international capacity by +15%.
Some of the Comair (COI) reductions will be achieved through decreased utilization, while others will result in the return of airplanes to lessors, President, John Selvaggio said in a memo sent to employees. Eight of the eliminated airplanes are on leases that expire soon, while the remaining six will be removed from service and could be sold. "With fewer block hours, Comair (COI) must align our staffing across the company to support what will become a smaller operation," Selvaggio said, adding that he expected "front-line reductions" to be met through attrition. "Most immediately, we expect to achieve savings by revising existing programs, as well as by implementing new technology initiatives that will help us streamline our work."
Comair (COI) currently has 6,300 employees and operates 697 flights to 88 cities in the USA and Canada. Delta (DAL) has expressed an interest in selling the subsidiary for some time.
2 CL-600-2D24s (15157, N538CA; 15159, N548CA), deliveries.
February 2008: CL-600-2D24 (15164, N549CA), delivery. CL-600-2B19 (7253), returned to Bombardier.
March 2008: CL-600-2D24 (15168, N554CA), delivery.
April 2008: CL-600-2D24 (15171, N582CA), delivery.
June 2008: A USA federal judge ruled that the families of victims killed in the August 2006, Comair (COI) Flight 5191 crash in Lexington , may sue the airline for punitive damages, according to a report in the "Louisville Courier Journal." The crash, which killed 49 of the 50 people onboard, occurred when the CRJ-200 took off from the wrong runway. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said pilot (FC) error was the principal cause of the accident. Plaintiffs also will be allowed to seek punitive damages from James Polehinke, the copilot (FC), who was the only survivor of the crash. Comair (COI) said in court filings that it "accepted responsibility for mistakes made by its crew (FC)," but argued that it had no way of knowing that the two pilots (FC) "would fail to perform their duties" and therefore should not be subject to lawsuits.
July 2008: Comair (COI), Delta Air Lines (DAL)'s regional subsidiary, expects to ground 14 airplanes and cut -8% of its workforce this fall, according to a notice to employees cited by the "Associated Press." The staff cuts will include -300 pilot (FC) and 220 cabin staff (CA) positions. (DAL) announced wide-ranging cuts in March.
September 2008: Comair (COI) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) resumes. Applicants can apply online.
November 2008: 1st 6 months = 3.57 billion (RPK)s traffic (-.9%); -1.69% (ASK)s capacity; 74.3% LF (+.6); 293,000 (FTK)s (+157.69%); 4.29 million passengers (-5.63%).
Compass Airlines, launched by Northwest Airlines (NWA) last year and now a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (DAL), named NWA VP Regional Airline Operations, Tim Campbell as President. He succeeds John Bendoraitis, who will become President of Comair (COI).
December 2008: CL-600-2B19s (7352; 7354; 7359), returned to lessor.
February 2009: This year may not be a good one for regional airlines as mainline partners continue to cut capacity and seek contract concessions, analysts from Raymond James & Associates said at the "Growth Airline Conference" in New York. "Capacity is being reduced and organic growth opportunities are limited," analyst Duane Pfennigwerth said. "Future growth could come from consolidation or a move towards more high risk opportunities."
In the past, regionals enjoyed robust growth during financial downturns when mainline partners outsourced flying to their lower-cost regional operators. In addition, major airlines in or facing bankruptcy were able to gain scope relief that allowed greater latitude in the use of regionals. Now, some legacy carriers - - Delta Air Lines (DAL) was cited as the most "aggressive manager of its regional suppliers" - - are trying to cancel or restructure their long-term contracts with regionals unilaterally.
The CEO of one regional said that in years past, air service agreements were signed and "stuffed away in a drawer." Those same contracts now are being examined with a fine-tooth comb by mainline partners looking for loopholes that would enable them to restructure the deals, he said. On the positive side, some pressure is being taken off 50-seat jets because of the drop in fuel costs. "While lower fuel costs have removed some of the urgency from regional capacity reduction efforts, we believe the sector no longer offers meaningful organic growth opportunities under its existing fixed-fee/capacity agreements for the foreseeable future," RJ analysts concluded.
2 CL-600-2B19s (7398; 7450), returned to lessor.
June 2009: Comair (COI) will close its maintenance base at Orlando International on September 7 and eliminate -81 jobs, according to a "Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification" filed with the state of Florida and cited by the Orlando Business Journal. (COI) said "unprecedented financial challenges due to difficult economic times" prompted the decision. Some employees will be eligible for employment elsewhere within the airline.
July 2009: Comair (COI) President, John Bendoraitis informed employees this week that "additional furloughs among our crews will be unavoidable" and that the Delta Air Lines (DAL) subsidiary will "continue to assess administrative staffing levels to ensure they remain appropriate with what is needed to support the operations," according to "The Cincinnati Enquirer." (COI) employs approximately 5,600. Last month, (DAL) announced a -10% capacity cut and accompanying job reductions effective this fall, and the "Enquirer" said (COI) will cut -20% of its total flying.
August 2009: CL-6002B19 (7841, N528CA), leased to Pinnacle.
October 2009: Comair (COI) has 295 involuntary and 23 voluntary pilots (FC) on furlough and plans another 53 furloughs in the November/January time frame. (COI) is accepting applications only through http://www.AirlineApps.com.
February 2010: 2 CL-600-2B19s (7364; 7546), returned to lessor.
September 2010: Delta Air Lines (DAL) regional subsidiary, Comair (COI) said it will retire 49 50-seat CRJs by the end of 2012 and also "realign our staffing over the next two years to support the new, smaller size of the airline."
(COI), which is (DAL)'s only wholly owned regional subsidiary following the sales this summer of Mesaba and Compass Airlines, said it will operate a fleet of 44 airplanes by the end of 2012, fewer than half of its current fleet of 93. It will retire 19 CRJ-100/200 airplanes in 2011 and another 30 in 2012, leaving it with just 16 50-seat jets. It will retain its 15 CRJ-700s and 13 CRJ-900s.
In a memo to employees, President, John Bendoraitis did not specify how many of Comair (COI)'s approximately 2,500 workers would be laid off or accept voluntary redundancy. "All departments and areas will be impacted, with the number of reductions varying by department," he wrote. "By the end of 2012, staffing will be commensurate with what is needed to run a 44-airplane operation."
Explaining the downsizing, he said, "Our need to change is significant, and the scope of change will be difficult but necessary. Our current cost structure…remains approximately +20% higher than our peers on a cost-per-block-hour basis [and] does not enable us to be competitive in the current industry environment."
He said the carrier will soon begin negotiations with the three unions representing its workers: the Air Line Pilots Association, International Association. of Machinists and International Brotherhood of Teamsters. "Securing new, competitive agreements with these groups is critical to our success," Bendoraitis stated.
February 2011: Comair (CML) has 275 pilots (FC) on furlough. They have reported they will downsize half of their workforce throughout 2011.
April 2011: INCDT: Two jets involved in a fender bender at New York City's John F Kennedy Airport will be inspected to determine the extent of their damage. Air France (AFA) Flight 7, an A380 bound for Paris, was taxiing on a runway when its left wingtip clipped the tail of a Comair (COI) commuter jet CRJ-700 and spun it nearly 90 degrees. (COI) Flight 6293 had just landed from Boston.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Jim Peters says there were no injuries. He said both jets were towed away and will be inspected.
Air France (AFA) said 495 people and 25 (FC) - (CA) crew members were on the A380. The Comair (COI) CRJ-700 regional jet was carrying 62 passengers and four crew members ((FC) & (CA)). (COI) operates flights for Delta (DAL).
The USA National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation of a wingtip clipping incident that occurred between an (AFA) A380 carrying 510 people and a Bombardier CRJ-700 operated by (COI) as a Delta Connection flight while both airplanes were taxiing at New York (JFK). There were no reported injuries, although both airplanes sustained damage and were taken out of service. The incident occurred at 8:25 pm EST, according to the (NTSB).
The (NTSB) said preliminary reports indicate (AF) Flight 7 was on the runway taxiing into position for departure to Paris when its left wingtip “struck the left horizontal stabilizer of (COI) Flight 293,” which had just arrived from Boston and was taxiing to a gate.
Videotape posted on YouTube appears to show the A380’s wingtip hitting the tail section of the CRJ, which appeared to be stopped, and spinning the airplane and its 56 occupants nearly 90 degrees.
The (NTSB) said it has requested the flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from both airplanes for review. Also, the (NTSB) said it will review the air traffic control (ATC) tapes and (ASDE-X) ground movement radar data. The damage sustained to both airplanes is still being assessed, the (NTSB) said.
The USA (FAA), Comair (COI) and the Air Line Pilots Association are parties to the investigation, the (NTSB) said, noting that representatives from the French Air Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada and advisors from Airbus (EDS), (AFA) and Bombardier will assist in the investigation.
January 2012: Comair (COI) has Flight Crew (FC) pilots on furlough. The company did not hire any pilots in 2011. Plans are to start furloughing more pilots. See FltOps.com and FAPA.aero.
July 2012: Delta Air Lines (DAL) said it will shut down regional subsidiary Comair (COI) after September 29.
(COI), which is (DAL)’s only wholly owned regional subsidiary following the sales of Mesaba and Compass Airlines in 2010, had already undergone a major downsizing. According to Comair (COI)’s website, (COI) still serves about 60 Canadian and USA cities with around 290 daily flights operated under the "Delta Connection" brand. Formed in 1977, (COI) carried 5.6 million passengers in 2011.
(DAL) Senior VP Delta Connection, Don Bornhorst said, “While regional flying has and will remain a key component of Delta (DAL)’s network, customer expectations and the unit costs of regional flying have evolved. In response, (DAL) 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 airplanes to 125 or fewer in the upcoming years. As a result of this reduction and changes to its customer-focused business strategy, (DAL) has made the difficult decision to cease Comair (COI)’s operations.”
(DAL) added that shutting down (COI) “will not result in any significant changes to (DAL)’s network, which has enough flexibility to accommodate these changes. Currently, (COI) accounts for approximately 1% of (DAL)’s network capacity. There will be no disruption to customers and no significant adjustments to (DAL)’s flight schedule or locations served.”
(DAL) said it still plans to serve 49 destinations directly from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG). (COI) President, Ryan Gumm told (COI)’s 1,700 employees in a memo that its unit costs were simply deemed too high to continue.
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91 +45 OPTIONS CANADAIR CRJ-100LR (CL-600-2B19) (CF34-3A1) (7428, /00 N403CA; 7483, /01 N442CA), 50Y.
19 CANADAIR CRJ-100LR (CL-600-2B19) (CF345-3A1) (7169; 7171; 7199; 7251, N629BR, 2006-10; 7315; 7319; 7326; 7333; 7338; 7344; 7348; 7352; 7354; 7359; 7364; 7366; 7370; 7397; 7398; 7408; 7415; 7420; 7421, 2000-08; 7427; 7472, /01 N431CA; DESTROYED 2006-08 W/O; 7476; 7479; 7502; 7507; 7635, N675BR, 2006-11; 7712, N685BR, 2006-10; 7868). 7502; RTND 2005-12. 7092; 7297; RTND 2006-08. 7613; 7689; 7702; ST BOMBARDIER 2007-01. 7612; 7627; 7650; 7707; ST BOMBARDIER 2007-02. 7637; 7668; 7671, 2007-03; 7150; 7151; 7730; 7755; 7763; 2007-04. 7169; 7171; 7174; 7199; 7204; 7229; 7279; ST BOMBARDIER 2007-12. 7253 RTND 2008-02. 7802; RTND 2008-09. 7809; 7816; RTND 2008-10. 7821; RTND 2008-11. 7352; 7354; 7359 RTND 2008-12. 7552; 7562; TO (ASA) 2009-02. 7215; 7729; TO MESABA 2009-03. 7398; 7450; RTND 2009-05. 7841; LST PINNACLE 2009-08. 7384; & 7546; RTND 2010-02. 50Y.
10 CANADAIR CRJ-100ER (CL-600-2B19) (CF34-3A1) (7062, /95 N587SW; 7069; 7072; 7077; 7079; 7279; 7285; 7292; 7293; 7297, /99 N720SW), XFRD FROM SKYWEST AIRLINES. 50Y.
4 CANADAIR CRJ-200ER (CL-600-2B19) (CF34-3B1) (7509, /01 N659BR; 7727; 7728; 7731; 7754, 7809, /03 N514CA), XFRD FROM ASA - ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST. 50Y.
21 CANADAIR CRJ-701ER (CL-600-2C10) (CF34-8C1), (10079, /03 N369CA; 10182, /04 N690CA), 10055; 10067; LST ASA - ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST; 2007-02; 10061; 10075; 10106; 20262; 2007-03. 70Y.
11 +3 ORDERS CANADAIR CRJ-900 (CL-600-2D24) (CF34-8C5) (15096, /07 N693CA; 15097, /07 N695CA; 15125, /07 N678CA; 15127, /07 N676CA; 15132, /07 N679CA; 15133, /07 N689CA; 15157, /08 N538CA; 15159, /08 N548CA; 15164, /08 N549CA; 15168, /08 N554CA; 15171, /08 N582CA). 12F, 64Y.
0 EMBRAER EMB-110 BANDERIANTE. RTND.
00 EMBRAER EMB-120 BRASILIA, 30 PAX (289 SOLD 2000-01), 205 LSD (N463CA) (225 SOLD 2000-09).
0 FAIRCHILD METRO III.
00 SAAB 340A. 16 RTND.
0 SAAB 2000 (AE2100), 2 RTND.
0 CESSNA 208B GRAND CARAVAN (PT6A-114A) (0848, N1287Y), 2000-08. RTND.
DAVID MUELLER, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), COMAIR HOLDINGS.
JOHN BENDORAITIS, PRESIDENT (2008-11), LEFT COMAIR (COI) TO BECOME SENIOR VP & (COO) OF SPIRIT AIRLINES (2013-10).
JOHN SELVAGGIO, (CEO), EX-(SNG) (2007-10).
DON BORNHORST, (CEO) & PRESIDENT (2006-05), TRANSFERRED TO SENIOR VP DELTA CONNECTION AT (DAL) (2007-10).
BRIAN MCDONALD, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
MICHAEL STUART, SENIOR VP AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS.
DONALD OSMUNDSON, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
ALLEN MESSICK, VP MAINTENANCE.
DAVE SOAPER, VP AIR OPERATIONS (2001-12), RESIGNS TO JOIN SOUTHERN AIR (SOF) AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) (2011-05).
TIM ZEIS, VP CUSTOMER SERVICES.
MICHAEL WILLIS, VP CUSTOMER SERVICES (CINCINNATI).
RALPH LEE, VP IN-FLIGHT SERVICES.
WALTER DARR, VP LABOR RELATIONS.
JIM DASCHILLE, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL SERVICES.
BERNARD COHOLICH, MANAGER PRODUCTION PLANNING.