Delta Air Lines to Cut Jobs, Planes at Regional Subsidiary

Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL) is cutting jobs and retiring planes at its Comair regional subsidiary.

Comair is retiring most of its 50-seat jets in 2011 and 2012, Reuters reported, citing a Comair memo to staff. The memo did not give details on how many of the subsidiary's 2,600 workers will be cut.

"Our current cost structure -- which remains approximately 20 percent higher than our peers on a cost-per-block-hour basis -- does not enable us to be competitive in the current industry environment," Comair President John Bendoraitis said.

Comair expects its fleet to shrink by over 50% to 44 aircraft by the end of 2012.

The staff reductions will affect all departments, Reuters reported.

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Jay Herrod

The Bombardier CRJ Series 200 50 seat jet they are talking about retiring. It's a fast jet with cruising up to 41,000 feet. Only thing is that I have found it to be too cramped and the windows so low a person has to bend way over to look out. The CRJ 700 and 900 are not like this. Therefore, getting rid of the CRJ 200s is a good idea. For a reason I don't know of, it cost more to fly on the smaller jets than the larger ones, why? Delta and some other airlines started using smaller jets to places like here at Colorado Springs in order order to charge we fliers more. Again, why? While American Airlines is not as bad, my number airline is Southwest. They use the latest Boeing 737s, keep their fleet well maintained, and their prices affordable with no hidden extra charges. Why can't all airlines be like them?

September 05 2010 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When did Delta buy ComAir??????

September 05 2010 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Raise the airline prices and get the bus people back on the bus where they belong.

September 05 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Humm is this why they sued mesa-air and made all the false comments how odd now they are cutting all thew=se flight after winning all that moneylike 50 million

September 05 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

With all Delta's mergers, it has gone down the tube, especially with the elimination of non-stop flights to major cities.

September 05 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Notice how those that rant against big business, corps, big oil, can't spell or form a coherent sentence? Not hard to brainwash them, and the lib gov't uses every opportunity.

September 03 2010 at 6:10 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Sometimes I take the Delta-Comair flights from Huntington to Cincinnati then to San Antonio. This is always a good trip and I like to go through the Cincinnati Donaldson terminal. I have often wondered if Douglas DC-9 - now Boeing 717 - had rebuilt and made the original DC-9 size of jet - 70 to 100 passengers with all the state of the art equipment, engines, and wind tunnel studies - if this size jet could be competitive with the Bombardier models. Obviously money, labor, and costs. I wonder how far Douglas could have continued building a resized, remodled, downsized back to the original size or most profitable sized model. This could have had the latest engines and electronics and been fitted up with airline service equipment. Built for long, efficient service, simple and easy to maintain and service. Possibly parts and retrofits could have included all rear engined jets, such as the Fokker 70, 100 series, F -28, BAC 1-11 and Caravelles.

September 03 2010 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jmk1950's comment

Simple! Just a downsize to meet demand. It is the economy. Too many Chiefs not enough Indians. It isnt about airplanes it is about passengers.

September 05 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Welcome Jon

live free or die!

September 03 2010 at 3:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Welcome Jon

it is sad to see americans lose their jobs! obama and his family need to go swimming in the healthy oil stricken waters! In 5 years their flesh will be falling off!

September 03 2010 at 3:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Welcome Jon's comment

This has nothign to do with Obama and his family. How dare you say in 5 years their flesh will be falling off. This economy has been in an economic downturn even BEFORE Bush. It started with Reagen. Also if you read you would know that they Delta is retiring their fleet because THEY cannot compete in the industry. You cannot blame all the misfortunes on the world on Obana. Business and people need to rely on themselves, take care of themselves. Delta has been making poor decisions long before Obama or Bush took office.

September 04 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Com Air is NOT DELTA Air Lines. Two differently owned companies. Com Air employees are employed by Com Air NOT Delta. The Planes are not owned by Delta. Get your facts straight AOL news! I use to be Operation Manager for Delta. So the NEWS is Delta is not cutting JOBS nor Air Craft. Com Air is!

September 03 2010 at 3:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply