Delta Connection Will Soon Fly 50-Seat Bombardier CRJ-550s

by Anthony Losanno
Delta CRJ

Advertiser Disclosure: The Bulkhead Seat earns an affiliate commission for anyone approved through the links below. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. We work to provide the best publicly available offers to our readers. We frequently update them, but this site does not include all available offers.

Delta Connection (operated by SkyWest) will soon begin flying 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-550 aircraft. The aircraft being added are actually Bombardier CRJ-700s fitted with 50 seats.

The Bombardier CRJ-700 can hold up to 76 seats, but these will be outfitted with 50 seats. This will include 10 First Class, 20 Comfort+, and 20 Main Cabin seats. This aircraft will also offer closets for passenger baggage, power outlets, and Wi-Fi. It will also have a walk-up bar with snacks and soft drinks for First Class passengers.

Delta has purposely opted to have the 19 aircraft it’s adding outfitted with only 50 seats in them. This allows them to circumvent the scope clause that is in the contracts of its mainline pilots (this clause stipulates the number of regional jets that the airline can operate). By operating aircraft with 50 or less seats, Delta can add them without worrying about violations as this is under the number of seats that impact mainline pilots.

AirlineGeeks reports that SkyWest CCO, Wade Steel, said on a recent earnings call:

We anticipate the first CRJ-550 to be flying for one of our major partners during the summer months.”

SkyWest had these 19 CRJ-700s available after their contract with American Eagle ended. It’s great to see them joining Delta Connection and it will be interesting to see what routes they will serve.

Anthony’s Take: This looks like a comfortable ride and I’m curious to see where they end up. I guess we’ll have to stay tuned.

(Featured Image Credit: Delta Air Lines.)

User Generated Content Disclosure: The Bulkhead Seat encourages constructive discussions, comments, and questions. Responses are not provided by or commissioned by any bank advertisers. These responses have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the responsibility of the bank advertiser to respond to comments.

Leave a Comment

Related Articles