Delta has decided to part ways with its regional partners Compass Airlines and GoJet.
That will cut the total of its regional partnerships to three, Republic Airways, SkyWest Airlines and Endeavor Air.
The changes are going to be made over 11 months and were first circulated through an internal employee memo. Compass operate out of Minneapolis-St.Paul with with 36 E175’s under the Delta Connection brand.
Compass will survive the change, though far smaller than it was, as it operates 20 ERJ-170’s for for American Eagle.
Bridgeton Missouri based GoJet is flying 20 CRJ700’s and 7 CRJ900’s for Delta Connection. It also flies 25 CRJ700’s for United Express, so will have a business.
Delta is planning on moving all of the two airlines aircraft to the other three.
In a statement Delta basically said it was making the move to rationalise its operations and make things better for customers – what airline doesn’t say that?
While pilots are unlikely to suffer job losses – if the move to wherever Delta want them based in future with their new operators, it will certainly impact staff at both airlines and in both cities.
It seems quite likely that the advent of the A220 on a number of routes and its growing numbers, is no coincidence over the next year. There’s no loss of aircraft, just a potentially more efficient allocation of them to more appropriate regional airports.
All of the major US airlines are limited through union agreements in one way or another as to how many non-core airline pilots they can employ through regional carriers, which limits their total aircraft.
Another, much longer term consideration is that the CRJ platform is being discontinued now that its owned by Mitsubishi, and the E-series is now controlled by Boeing. Neither of those facts will appeal especially to Delta as it seems content to stay on the Airbus path, until something better comes along.