ATLANTA, Aug. 22, 2006 – Delta Air Lines today issued a request for proposal (RFP) for some of its regional jet service as part of its efforts to build a cost-competitive network in connection with its restructuring process. The RFP includes flying opportunities for up to 143 regional jets, which relates to the portion of Delta’s Connection carrier network that has not been affirmed in Delta’s Chapter 11 proceedings, including flying currently performed by Comair, Chautauqua, Shuttle America and Freedom Airlines.
“This is part of Delta’s commitment to bring our costs to market, provide greater efficiency and build a profitable network.” said Shawn Anderson, vice president of Supply Chain and Delta Connection. “To successfully restructure, Delta must continue to achieve market-competitive costs in every aspect of its business, as the company has done thus far through the sacrifices of our employees and other stakeholders. The information we receive from the RFP will help us ensure cost-competitive regional flying that meets the needs of our network while providing excellent service for our customers.”
The RFP covers up to 43 70-seat regional jets and up to 50 50-seat regional jets to replace portions of existing flying from one or more of Delta’s hub cities including Atlanta, New York-JFK and Cincinnati, as well as other point-to-point flying. This does not change the airline’s network strategy or destinations served.
The bids also will be critical in helping Delta meet its regional flying growth needs. The RFP includes up to 50 76-seat aircraft featuring first class seating that Delta can add to the Delta Connection fleet to meet the changing demands of the network.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any other global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 295 destinations in 46 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is the world’s leading carrier between the United States and Europe with flights to 29 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America, Delta offers nearly 500 weekly flights to 47 destinations and is on track to become the second-largest carrier in the region. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam partners, Delta offers flights to 470 worldwide destinations in 96 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.