Oh, happy day!(?)
In paperwork filed last week with the SEC (the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, not the sports conference), Delta said it’s getting rid of their CRJ-200 aircraft.
I find a couple of things interesting here.
1. Delta’s said for years it’s phasing out the CRJ-200s. We’re nearing the tenth anniversary of that news. So I’ll believe this when I see it. (Will you intentionally ride the last CRJ-200 flight?)
2. To the best of my knowledge, the CRJ-200s operating in the Delta system aren’t owned by Delta itself. Rather, the airline contracts out to regional carriers such as SkyWest. (Perhaps I’m being nitpicky here.)
I applaud this move, just as any reasonable person would.
In the filing, Delta said its system’s CRJ-200s will be retired by December 2023. So we have a while to go.
Keep in mind that at this time last year, “coronavirus” was a term foreign to many people. “COVID” sounded like a store that still rents VHS tapes.
Heck, 2024 Presidential election debates will be in full swing in December 2023.
So a lot can happen between now and then.
Other Aircraft Retirements
Delta said the 717 and 767-300s will also be earning their gold watches. Those planes will be retired by December 2025.
As someone who’s flown the LAX-JFK route several times — which is serviced exclusively by 767-300s — I’m curious what Delta will put in its place.
Is it time to break out the bubbly and shake a final fist at Satan’s Chariot?
We still have at least three years of the CRJ-200 left (at least, in Delta’s system). But here’s hoping Delta makes it happen — and hopefully sooner.
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