Small Regional Jets came onto the commercial scene in the 1990s and quickly established themselves with a new group of airlines that replaced the old local-service carriers, most of which had grown into majors or been merged out. Smaller, 50-seat RJs replaced turboprops at a lot of small markets and allowed continued service for many of these cities and towns. Not two decades later the smaller jets now appear out of favor, being replaced by larger versions or even turbo-props again. This page features Bombardier (Canadair), Embraer and BAE products, some marked for their owners, most for their codeshare majors.
American Eagle ERJ-135LR N729AE at BWI on 1 Sep 2001; ten days before the nation's commercial aviation world changed forever.
Chautauqua Airlines ERJ-145 N275SK marked for Trans World Express, at STL 24 Mar 2001.
Trans States ERJ-145 N842HK at DAY, 13 Oct 2010.
Mesa CRJ-200 N75994 at IAD, 13 Mar 2007.
COMAIR could be said to be the regional airline that set the mold for many others that followed. They centered out of Cincinnati (CVG) from 1977 and operated over 160 CRJ-100/200s as a Delta codeshare. The post 9/11 period was not kind to COMAIR as Delta shut down its hub out of CVG. COMAIR ceased operations in 2012. CRJ-100ER N815CA approaches DCA n 29 Jun 2003.
COMAIR again; CRJ-100ER N933CA at DCA, 6 Aug 2000.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) was a major codeshare operator for Delta out of both Atlanta and Dallas. CRJ-200ER N838AS taxis at DFW on 26 Jul 2001 when Delta maintained a hub at that airport. ASA operated from 1979 to 2011, when it came under the Express Jet banner. the airline had over 100 CRJ-200s at its height.
Mesa CRJ-200LR N27173 at DCA 31 may 2000 in house colors, operating for US Airways Express.
Another carrier in Delta Connection colors with tail marked for the operator; CRJ-100LR N406SW is shown at SLC on 24 May 2001. SkyWest is a major regional airline that works for several 'bigs' throughout the west.
Atlantic Coast Airlines operated as a United codeshare out of Dulles with BAE Jetstreams and, from 1979, Canadair Regional Jets. In 2004 it tried to go its own way as Independence Air, which only lasted through 2006. CRJ0200ER N622BR is shown at IAD on 12 Apr 1998.
ACA CRJ N621BR in full United Express colors at IAD in April 1999.
Air Canada CRJ-100ER C-FSJF at DCA, 2 Oct 1999. It would later move to the company's JAZZ subsidiary.
One of Midway Airline's 25 CRJs, this is CRJ-200ER N572ML at DCA on 27 Sep 2000. This one subsequently moved on to Africa.
Another Mesa jet, CRJ-200, fleet number MJI, at Monterrey CA, 10 Nov 2007 prior to departure for Phoenix.
United Express CRJ N909EV; an Express Jet aircraft, at ORD 4 Aug 2014.
Stripped of paint, N804CA is a CRJ-100ER (7352) formerly owned by COMAIR and operated for Delta. It was returned to its lessor and shot at Spirit of St Louis Airport (SUS) on 5 Sep 2011.
Northwest Airlink didn't operate CRJ-900s for long; N902XJ was delivered to codeshare partner Mesaba in June 2007 and moved to Delta control in December 2009. I shot it here on 11 Nov 2007 at DTW from a DC-9. Northwest's final paint scheme was not bad looking- but note that the compass points Northeast on the right side of the aircraft.
Six-month old American Eagle (PSA) CRJ-900 N549NN at PHL in January 2015.
In some ways the original Regional Jet, BAE's 146 operated for a number of airlines in the U.S., including PSA, whose N364PS is shown at Burbank on 17 April 1987. Photo by Mark Morgan
Air Wisconsin BAE 146-200 N610AW at ORD, 22 Nov 1996, operating for United Express.