Yes that is me, who was in row 1 recently on a CRJ200, because I want to get OFF a CRJ200 as quickly as I can, but then moved to the last row next to the bathroom due to a “weight and balance” issue as they needed several folks to move from front to back. Joy O Joy!
Most of us, other than a few bloggers who shall go unmentioned (MJ on Travel), just despise these “barbie jets” and many flyers have much harsher names for these jets that I would rather not publish but I think you get the idea.
Delta has consistently been promising to continue to remove more and more of them from service due to customer complaints about these aging birds. I have for years and years been saying this will happen since they are so uneconomical to fly. But airwaysnews.com has some frustrating news that tells us:
“Ryan Gumm, CEO of Endeavor Air, explained that they will be keeping the 50 seat CRJ-200 aircraft in its fleet as Delta still sees a need for them. Part of the reorganization plan was to remove the CRJ-200s from the fleet.” – airwaysnews.com
Ouch. I can tell you this, and other news from the piece, does not make me a happy Delta flyer.
Delta, via their partners, have started flying CRJ700 & CRJ900 service out of South Bend (SBN).
It has been VERY popular and I have been told by the SBN ground staff that flyers are actively looking to book to fly the once a day flight that has 2 cabin service. On a flight last month, take a look how deep the medallion list was into a smaller market like SBN from the Fly Delta App.
The funny part is, sorta like a sharp stick in the eye funny that is, Delta is running the larger CRJ700/900 aircraft on the South Bend to Detroit that is less than a 30 minute flight and keeping (for now) the CRJ200s for the 1 to 1.5 hour flights from South Bend to Atlanta and Minneapolis.
I personally think the days of CRJ200 are over and done and they should be gone. I get the logistics and need for 50 seat aircraft, even if not cost effective to fly, but I can not see that replacing them all with at CRJ700s that hold 65 seats can really be that much worse one way or another.
You tell me. What do you think of many more years of flying CRJ200s? Are you happy with CRJ700 service and the product itself? – René
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