Delta Connection carrier Comair takes delivery today of Bombardier`s
1,000th CRJ regional jet just as the airline sets a new company record for
customers served in a single year. Comair recently passed the 10-million
customer mark for 2003 after serving over 8.7 million customers in 2002.
Comair, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines , was the North
American launch customer for the Bombardier CRJ in 1993. The CRJ has
become an effective tool in Delta Connection`s industry leading regional
jet program, supporting Delta by offering frequent flight selections and
convenient service to customers throughout North America. Regional jet
service also supports business activity and economic development in small-
and mid- sized metropolitan areas across North America.
“Using small jets to link smaller communities to large airline hubs was an
idea that Comair had been pursuing for a long time,” said Comair President
Randy Rademacher. “The people of Bombardier stepped forward 10 years ago
to provide the technology that let the vision become reality. How fitting
that Comair hits the 10-million customer mark, and Bombardier its 1,000th
CRJ, in the same year we both celebrated the 10-year anniversary of CRJs
in North America.”
Comair employees traveled to Bombardier`s headquarters near Montreal to
accept the 1,000th CRJ, celebrating the carrier`s s legacy as a leading
innovator in the regional jet industry. With the new airplane Comair now
has an all-jet fleet of 156 CRJ regional jets and operates nearly 1,050
daily flights to 115 cities in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas.
Bombardier officials presented the 70-seat CRJ-700 and a ceremonial key to
Rademacher, who accepted the jet on behalf of Comair employees.
“Bombardier regional jets have helped regional airlines like Comair grow
while allowing customers and communities across North America benefit from
an unprecedented selection of jet service,” said Pierre Beaudoin,
president and chief operating officer, Bombardier Aerospace. “It is
gratifying to see airlines like Comair operate our jets and offer
innovative and effective service solutions to the airline industry and
Cincinnati-based Comair was founded in Cincinnati in 1977 and employs more
than 6,000 dedicated aviation professions. Comair has been a Delta
Connection carrier since 1984.
“Bombardier CRJs have been instrumental in Delta`s ability to build the
industry`s leading regional jet program,” said Fred Buttrell, president
and chief executive officer of Delta Connection Inc. “Starting with
Comair, and continuing on with other carriers, regional jets provide
service options that otherwise would not be available to millions of
customers and the communities where they live.”
Delta Connection carriers include Delta`s wholly owned subsidiaries
Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Comair, additional regional carriers
Atlantic Coast Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, and
codeshare partner American Eagle (in California). Delta Connection
carriers operate more than 380 regional jets throughout North America. For
more information about Delta, please visit delta.com.
Delta Connection editorial, based on news release distributed by PR Newswire