Compass Airlines has announced it will be ceasing all operations.
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Compass Airlines, a regional carrier that operates on behalf of American Eagle and Delta Connection, has announced it will be shutting down and ceasing all operations.
Unfortunately, Compass Airlines is the next victim of COVID-19 as air travel demand continues to plummet.
On April 7, 2020, Compass Airlines will completely shut down and cease operations as both American and Delta continue to reduce their capacity.
Back in August 2019, Delta Air Lines decided to reduce the number of regional carriers operating for Delta Connection, one of them being Compass Airlines, so Delta terminated their contract.
This contract was supposed to terminate Compass Airlines’ flying for Delta within the next year, which would leave Compass Airlines solely flying for American Eagle.
However, this obviously did not go to plan. Delta Air Lines just announced a 70% capacity cut, which has accelerated Delta’s termination with Compass Airlines to the end of March 2020.
Then, as Compass Airlines was supposed to solely operate for American Eagle from its Los Angeles hub, the regional carrier expected to be alright.
However, as American Airlines is also impacted by this crisis, the airline also announced significant capacity cuts.
According to Compass’ CEO Rick Leach, the cuts to American Eagle’s flights operated by Compass Airlines in Los Angeles were “deeper than they feared”.
Compass Airlines operates 20 Embraer E-175s for American Eagle. These aircraft will be transferred to other carriers that operate for American Eagle.
Compass Airlines is a subsidiary of Trans States Holdings. Another one of Trans States Holdings’ subsidiaries, “Trans States Airlines”, which operates for United Express, will be shutting down on April 1. (More on this here: Trans States Airlines Is Shutting Down (EARLY) + Huge United Express Fleet Shakeup)
First Delta E170 - https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9606146
Second Delta E170 - https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9543671
American E175 - https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9499176
United ERJ-145XR - https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9512265
Compass Airlines announcement - https://twitter.com/CaptainBobbie/status/1240673935559016448
Unfortunately, this may not be the last airline to collapse during this crisis. Hopefully this situation ends quickly and airlines survive.