ATLANTA---Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), a Delta Connection carrier and wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, has increased its order for Canadair regional jets (CRJs) by 10 aircraft to replace 20 percent of its Embraer Brasilia (EMB-120) turboprop fleet beginning in September 2001. These aircraft are in addition to ASA's previous order for 63 new regional jets to be delivered through November 2004.
Deliveries of the 10 additional aircraft will occur between September 2001 and August 2002, with one aircraft scheduled for delivery in September and December 2001, and an additional jet each month between January and August 2002. All 10 aircraft replacing the 30-passenger Brasilias will be Bombardier Aerospace's popular CRJ-200.
"The retirement of these 10 Brasilia aircraft is part of a strategic initiative to continue to upgrade our fleet,'' said W.E. "Skip'' Barnette, president - ASA. "The 10 additional CRJs will allow ASA to advance our efforts to provide passenger-preferred service aboard a rapidly growing fleet of regional jets.''
In 1997, ASA placed its first order for CRJs and began taking delivery at a rate of one per month. Today, ASA operates 36 CRJ-200 aircraft and holds firm orders for 73 additional CRJs to be delivered through November 2004. ASA and Delta Connection partner Comair hold combined options for as many as 396 additional CRJs to be delivered through 2010.
Since its debut in the United States in 1993, the Canadair regional jet has revolutionized air travel. Known for its convenience, comfort and speed, the CRJ carries 50 passengers in a comfortable two-by-two seating arrangement; every seat is an aisle or window; and there are no middle seats. The plane can cruise at 530 mph at altitudes as high as 41,000 feet, and is recognized as the quietest commercial aircraft in the world.
ASA operates more than 600 flights each day to 75 airports in 22 states and Canada. Founded in 1979, ASA has operated as a Delta Connection carrier since 1984 and carried nearly five million passengers during calendar year 1999. The airline operates a fleet of 104 aircraft and employs more than 3,500 aviation professionals across its route system.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines to Replace10 Brasilia Turboprop Aircraft With Canadair Regional Jets