Delta Air Lines will have to renegotiate contracts with regional airlines to transition to 76-seat regional jets from 50-seat regional jets. Delta has contracts with Pinnacle Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and Compass Airlines, as well as several other regional carriers. Comair, a subsidiary of Delta, also flies regional jets for Delta under a contract.
Estonian Air is shifting gears and moving away from the Bombardier CRJ aircraft it bought just a year ago. The Bombardiers will be replaced with Embraer regional jets. "The aircraft will deliver a standard of in-flight experience that will keep us competitive and allow us to access new markets with lower risk than using larger jets," said Estonian Air President and CEO Tero Taskila.
Two Bombardier regional jets experienced failures of their left main landing gear in separate incidents this week, and federal officials are investigating. On Monday, an Air Wisconsin CRJ-200 landed in Philadelphia without its left main landing gear, causing minor damage. There were no passengers on the plane and no injuries were reported. A United Express CRJ-700 operated by Mesa Airlines experienced a collapse of its left main gear after landing in Chicago. No injuries were reported among the 28 passengers and four crew.
Officials in the U.S. and Canada, citing recurrent safety issues surrounding the operation of wing flaps, have put tight restrictions on the use of Bombardier CRJ 100, 200 and 440 jets. The unusually detailed directives spell out when, where and how the aircraft can be used. The new regulations do not apply to newer Bombardier jet models.