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Comair's final flight marks end of an era

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Aviation observers say the death of Delta Air Lines' partner Comair was a result of high fuel costs that made its 50-seat regional jets too expensive to fly and high labor costs that made it difficult to compete with other small carriers.

The weekend brought the final flight for Comair, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Delta that flew under the Delta Connection brand.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/RsbisW) that Comair's last flight also marked the end for an industry pioneer that helped spearhead the introduction of the 50-seat regional jets that replaced most turboprops in the 1990s.

Delta says it expects no service disruptions, because other Delta Connection regional carriers are taking over flights.

Erlanger, Ky.-based Comair's 1,700 employees will be laid off, including about 30 Georgia-based pilots and flight attendants.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

 

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