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Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 9:28am EDT | Modified: Thursday, September 2, 2010, 5:00am

 

Read more: Comair to shrink fleet, staffing - Business Courier of Cincinnati

 

With no buyer in sight, Comair Inc. said it will reduce the size of its fleet down to a 44-aircraft operation and cut staff in an effort to lower its cost structure.

 

In a memo sent to employees Wednesday morning, the Northern Kentucky-based airline said it will entirely eliminate its aging 50-seat aircraft between now and 2012. The airline will keep flying its 65-seat CRJ-700s and 76-seat CRJ-900s, bringing its total fleet from nearly 100 planes to just 44 aircraft. Those aircraft will all have two-class cabins, which is something customers prefer, a Comair spokeswoman said.

 

The aircraft reduction is expected to save the airline $110 million in maintenance and engine overhaul costs over the next four years.

 

With the change in fleet size will come job cuts and a possible headquarters move. The company did not provide specifics in the memo, but President John Bendoritis said all departments will be impacted by the reduction in staffing.

“By the end of 2012, staffing will be commensurate with what is needed to run a 44-aircraft operation,” he said.

Comair employs a total of about 2,600, with 1,800 of those based at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

The first round of crew furloughs is expected take place in the second quarter of 2011, but that depends on planned talks with the carrier's three unions. Comair has discussions planned for September with its International Association of Machinists union. And it will sit down with the Air Line Pilots Association and International Brotherhood of Teamsters in November. If Comair is able to secure voluntary separation agreements with the unions, the timing of furloughs could change, a spokeswoman said.

 

In the memo, Bendoritis said the airline also is exploring a move out of its headquarters building on South Airfield Road into smaller space near the airport. A Comair spokeswoman said the airline is looking to reduce its office footprint by 20 percent to 25 percent, but she would not disclose how much square footage the airline currently occupies.

Comair’s parent, Delta Air Lines Inc, (NYSE: DAL) has been exploring a sale of the carrier since 2007. In July, Delta sold two other regional carriers, Mesaba and Compass Airlines for $82.5 million.

 

 

Read more: Comair to shrink fleet, staffing - Business Courier of Cincinnati

 

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A Comair opera 77 CRJ-100 (+ 23 stored), 5 CRJ-200 (+4 stored), 15 CRJ-700 e 13 CRJ-900. Acredito que a Pluna poderia se utilizar desses CR2 em sua expansão sul-americana.

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Esse problema em fazer dinheiro com aeronaves a reação com até 50 assentos só acontece nos EUA? Não vejo empresas européias e nem Latino Americanas com este "problema".

A Passaredo mesmo mudou o foco e adotou uma frota de ERJ145, aposentando os E120.

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