Delta Retires The Bombardierf CRJ-200

Delta retires the Mitsubishi CRJ-200 after over two decades of flying. Here is a CRJ-200 parked registered as N8771A

Delta has officially concluded operations with the CRJ-200 following a multi-decade operation with the aircraft that has received strong opinions from flying passengers.

Saying Goodbye To The Aircraft

In the last few days, Delta saw the final flights operate and draw an essential chapter to a close following a decision initially revealed in 2020 during the global pandemic.

The final flight originated at Elko Airport (EKO) and touched back in Salt Lake City (SLC), where the aircraft had been flying for some time.

These Bombardier CRJ-200s most recently had been operated by SkyWest Airlines and followed the last Endeavour Air-operated CRJ-200 being removed early this year.

A decision to remove the types comes following a move to more efficient options such as the more popular Embraer E175 series or the higher capacity CRJ-900ER.

A Dislike For The CRJ-200

The Bombardier CRJ-200 has and currently flies with several companies worldwide, thus offering many travellers the opportunity to fly the type.

However, it is primarily an aircraft retirement that hasn’t been met with deep sadness like some other retirements in recent times.

The CRJ-200 is essentially a plane that is disliked industry-wide for a host of important reasons. The aircraft is often labelled the most hated in the skies.

A hatred for the aircraft has only grown over recent years as next-generation aircraft have entered airlines such as Delta’s fleet, and the understanding of just how terrible the CRJ-200 product is became clear.

The Importance Of The CRJ-200

Despite a strong dislike for the CRJ-200 for most travellers that flew the aircraft, mainly due to its lack of space, cramped nature, and more, the plane certainly was necessary within the industry.

The CRJ-200 could be described as a pocket rocket. Thanks to its small size, it was served on several routes that connected communities with small populations.

In the case of Delta, amongst other historic operators without these CRJs or even a handful of propeller planes, these small communities would be without an air connection.

So, despite the uncomfortable ride and lack of space, amongst other reasons why this aircraft retirement is a welcomed one, it has always had a place within the industry.

The Current Status Of The CRJ-200

Following Delta’s retirement of the CRJ-200, what is the status of the variant now as it only continues to age and more customers pull the plug on the type?

Some notable operators of the CRJ200 include SkyWest Airlines, Air Wisconsin, SkyWest Charter, and Jazz, a division of Air Canada.

The number of currently active Bombardier CRJ-200s continues to decline as more efficient and popular alternatives arrive on the scene and make regional travel easier.

Daniel Fowkes
03 Dec 2023
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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