Trans States Holdings, Inc. subsidary GoJet Airlines has agreed to operate seven Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft on behalf of Delta Air Lines, under the Delta Connection regional service brand.
The Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets will be the first of the model to be operated by GoJet Airlines, whose existing fleet consists of 47 Bombardier CRJ700s.
GoJet Airlines already operates 22 Bombardier CRJ700s in two-class configuration for the Delta Connection network, from its bases at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
It operates the other 25 CRJ700s under the United Express service brand, on behalf of United Airlines.
According to GoJet Airlines, which is based along with its parent company in Bridgeton, Missouri, deliveries of the seven CRJ900s to it are slated to begin in June of 2015 and continue through October.
The Trans States Holdings subsidiary has not indicated whether or not the seven Bombardier CRJ900 jets will be new or will be supplied as used aircraft by Delta Air Lines.
However, Delta subsidiary Endeavor Air, which already operates 75 CRJ900s for the Delta Connection network, had orders for six new Bombardier CRJ900NGs outstanding as of December 2014, according to Wikipedia. It is possible these and one other CRJ900, used or new, could be the additional regional jets destined for GoJet Airlines.
GoJet Airlines will operate each of the seven CRJ900s in two-class, 76-seat configuration. Each CRJ900 will have 12 domestic First Class seats, 12 extra-legroom Economy seats and 54 Economy seats.
According to GoJet Airlines, the addition of the seven CRJ900s continues Delta’s domestic fleet optimization plan, which is focused on reducing the number of 50-seat regional jets in the Delta Connection fleet while improving the overall customer experience.
GoJet Airlines has provided regional service for Delta under the Delta Connection brand since 2011.
The Trans States Holdings subsidiary carries more than 4 million passengers annually, operating more than 220 daily flights to more than 60 destinations.
Privately owned Trans States Holdings, Inc. owns three regional airlines: Compass Airlines, GoJet Airlines and Trans States Airlines.
The three regional carriers operate scheduled passenger services under the US Airways Express, United Express and Delta Connection service brands.
Trans States Holdings claims to be the largest privately held regional airline holding company in the U.S., its airlines flying more than 12 million passengers annually and generating over $800 million in combined annual revenues.