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Delta aims to terminate Pinnacle contract.(RegionalNews)

Delta Air Lines in June told regional partner Pinnacle Airlines that the capacity purchase agreement the two carriers signed in April 2007 will be terminated as of July 31, claiming that the Memphis-based airline has failed to meet ontime performance standards.

The 10-year agreement called for Pinnacle to operate up to 16 CRJ900s on behalf of DL. It already has taken delivery of nine new aircraft of the type to support the flying and reacted strongly to DL's stated intention to withdraw from the deal. "We are extremely surprised and disappointed that Delta is attempting to take this drastic and improper action," Pinnacle President and CEO Phil Trenary said. "From the very beginning of our Delta Connection operations, we expressed our concern that the flight schedules Delta created were unrealistic. …

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