A mix of shock and relief grips Clark W. Griswold, Jr., at the end of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when he says, “They’re gone.”
That’s about how I feel.
So, let’s cue up Kool & The Gang, Lionel Richie, and maybe something from those little Boy Scouts named Mötley Crüe.
It’s time to celebrate.
Delta Stopped Flying CRJ-200s
Delta Connection officially no longer operates CRJ-200s. Please don’t hold your applause.
CRJ-700s, -900s, and Embraer 175s now handle the regional flights.
We heard for years that Delta and its regional partners would phase out Satan’s Chariot. But the finish lines were pushed back — until now.
A source told me the final flight was on Friday, December 1. Delta Connection Flight 4320 (operated by SkyWest) flew from Elko Regional Airport (EKO) to Salt Lake City (SLC).
No word if the plane (tail number N469CA) received a water cannon salute, people threw rocks at it, beat it with baseball bats, or any other appropriate celebration was had.
According to FlightRadar24, the aircraft is still in SLC. (Maybe it’ll be called into action during the holidays if something goes really sideways.)
Why the Hate for the CRJ-200?
There will be some folks who question my apathy toward the CRJ-200.
Yes, the plane got you to your destination — and in a decent amount of time.
But that’s when it worked. Or when the weather didn’t prohibit it from flying when larger aircraft with their crews could. Maintenance and weather issues when I was scheduled to fly CRJ-200s (while other airlines’ mainline planes took off and landed) earned me days of delays.
And the cabin was so cramped and uncomfortable.
Honestly, this is yet another First World gripe. (Something we’re very good about on this blog. 🙂 ) Given the choice of driving (ew) or flying on a CRJ-200, I’d take the CRJ-200 every time.
Assuming it worked and the weather permitted.
Delta Connection no longer operates CRJ-200s. (Maybe Delta will turn their skins into some credit card promotion or something.)
And to those planes, I dedicate this song:
Please feel free to share your memories — favorite but probably otherwise — of traveling on Delta’s CRJ-200s. The Comments section is yours.
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