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January 07, 2008

Delta still studying sale of Comair regional carrier

Dal Comair_2Delta Air Lines said it’s still studying a possible sale of its Comair regional unit even as a board committee considers merger alternatives, Bloomberg News reported Monday. A tie-up with a rival and a Comair sale are among the most significant decisions pending for Chief Executive Richard Anderson, who took over on Sept. 1, Bloomberg said. Delta had left Comair’s fate to be resolved after leaving bankruptcy last year.

“We continue to evaluate options to sell Comair, but no decision has been made,” spokeswoman Betsy Talton said in an interview. She said she didn’t have an update on whether Delta would settle Comair’s future this quarter, as Anderson projected in October.

The Financial Times reported Sunday that Delta was delaying a decision on Comair while it explored hooking up with United or another competitor.

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Update: Reuters is reporting Monday that Delta has delayed any possible sale of Comair.

-- Scott

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