More good news for LGA airport – no props & less small jets!

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As I talked about last month, this will be the year that Delta’s regional fleet will start to shrink (that is small jets). And it looks like it will be shrinking big time for the new LGA hub according to Bloomberg :

Delta is culling half the fleet of its Comair regional unit by year’s end, including 53 of its oldest planes such as 50-seat Bombardier CRJs. The carrier already got rid of the last of its 34-seat Saab 340 turboprops at the end of 2011.

This is good news for NYC flyers and all of us who long for a regional jet that has: 1) space for bags, 2) WiFi, 3) real catering & 4) a “real” business class product.

Now if the CRJ-1000 can come on line too this would be more good news! – Rene

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  1. I don’t really get the love for the CRJ-1000 having now flown the E-175 on Delta twice now. The seating beat any CRJ I’ve flown and it offers full size bag bins.
    It also appears to be twice as fuel efficient and offers double the range.

    Heck they could even jump into E-190/E195s and still have better fuel numbers then the CRJ-1000.

  2. @deserttraveler – did you see the video in the post? Better windows, more head space, big bins and on and on. And now DL’s nice regional jet biz seats! What is not to love? I get what you are saying about the other birds however. Anything is better than the 100/200’s that are going bye bye – Rene – PS then there is always the “Oooooo look shiny” kind-a-thing too 😉

  3. Yes, I saw the video but I still don’t get it. The E-175s (which are a completely different airframe, not simply a stretched RJ-700 like the 1000 is) flown by Compass already have full sized bins, have more headspace then the CRJ-1000, not sure about the windows, but also feature wider seats by over 1/2″ and the same pitch. The plane overall is wider with a wider aisle size making it easier to roll your bag to that overhead bin. Most importantly, they can operate economically at 76 seats, the contractual limit for regional flights.

    So unless Delta decides some of the current flights done by Delta Connection need more capacity and upgrades them to mainline or the pilot’s union allows thier contract to be changed, this aircraft only works as a mainline replacement for the MD-88s and DC-9 50s.

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