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Delta ends partnership with ExpessJet.(RegionalNews)

Delta Air Lines and ExpressJet Airlines "have mutually agreed to cease all ExpressJet Delta Connection operations" effective Sept. 1, DL said. ExpressJet currently operates 23 ERJ-145s on Delta Connection flights primarily from Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. DL said it intends "to award a portion of this flying," including all SLC flights, to another unidentified carrier. "With the losses we were experiencing from our Delta pro-rate flying combined with our ability to return aircraft to the lessor, this termination of service is in the best interest of our company," ExpressJet President and CEO Jim Ream said.

DL told regional partner Pinnacle Airlines in June that the capacity purchase agreement the two signed in April 2007 would be terminated on July 31, claiming that the Memphis-based carrier failed to meet ontime performance standards. …

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