The following is a snapshot of how Delta Connection fleet composition will evolve as Delta Orders Two-Class Bombardier Regional Aircraft. This rides closely on the heals of Delta Pilots TA ratification earlier this year, the announcement of (50) seat jet retirements and Delta's purchase of 717's.
According to this websites current count Delta's large Regional jet fleet consists of -
- 80 CRJ 700's
- 92 CRJ 900's
- 18 EMB 170's
- 51 EMB 175's
For a total of 98 (70) seat aircraft, 143 (76) seat aircraft. This makes for a total of 241 aircraft with (70-76) seat aircraft.
Current Delta Airlines Pilot Scope allows only up to 255 (70-76) seat regional aircraft, with 153 of those aircraft being (76) seat aircraft. These aircraft are for the 76 seat expansion allowed to occur with the introduction of the 717's.
After all the 717's are on the property large regional jet scope will be expanded up to 325 aircraft with (70-76) seats, and 223 jets with (76) seats. The large regional jet expansion will occur in a little at a time according to the Pilot contract as 717's arrive.
With current fleet numbers at this website this allows for an increase of 70 (76) seat jets. It also will require an additional 181 (50) seat regional's to be parked or offloaded to other operators. This has already begun to happen with American and SkyWest INC.
Delta's order is a firm order for 40 CRJ 900 (76) seat jets, and an option for an additional 30. This announcement is somewhat significant because it means almost all new Delta Connection Growth and large Regional Jets will be of the Bombardier make, and will leave virtually no room for Embraer, Mitsubishi, or other large regional jet manufactures at Delta Connection.