Delta Axing GoJet and Compass as Delta Connection Carriers

Delta Connection is an airline that many have flown without even realizing. Delta Connection is not Delta, but rather a branch that operates smaller flights for Delta on a contracted basis, often using leased planes and cheaper labor. Currently, Delta Connection is operated by GoJet, Compass, Endeavor, Republic and SkyWest. In a leaked memo from Delta to its employees, they announced they would be cutting ties with Compass and GoJet.

Delta has explained that the reason for this change is optimization and uniformity in scheduling. They will acheive this by having each carrier focus on a specific region. In the past, this is actually what Delta Connection had done. Comair focused on the midwest, ASA did the south and SkyWest was the west. Unfortunately, with the collapse of Comair, regional carriers' network became a patchwork.

In Delta's memo, they note that they will be offering hiring fairs with Endeavor and SkyWest, as Compass and GoJet employees will likely need to find work. It's never a good day when jobs are at stake. The good news is that Republic, Endeavor and SkyWest will have to increase their staff, so hopefully this will give a chance for crew to make lateral moves.

I can't help but wonder what the bigger takeaway here is. Delta wholly owns Endeavor and I believe has a stake in both of Republic and SkyWest's parent companies. Scheduling optimization aside, this is probably a way for Delta to save money and the bottom line is the name of the game in the airline industry. Every penny counts. I'll be monitoring this closely over the next few weeks once Delta officially announces it (or doesn't and just pulls the carriers' flights).

All images courtesy of Delta.


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