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American (Re)-Activating CRJ-200 in Several Regional Markets

An American CRJ-200 in Charlotte (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

In April 2020, American Airlines retired one of the most unanimously disliked aircraft by passengers: the CRJ-200. Known for its cramped cabin and low windows, most passengers either love or hate this small aircraft.

Delta announced it would retire all CRJ-200s by December of 2023, and over a year ago United announced the retirement of all single-cabin aircraft in 2026 of which they operate two: the Embraer E145 and the CRJ-200. American, on the other hand, operates a large number of Embraer E145s and is now un-retiring the dreaded CRJ-200, going against the industrywide trend to rid themselves of some of the most cramped airplanes in the skies.

An American Eagle Embraer E145 departing Watertown, NY (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Over the summer of 2022, Air Wisconsin, a regional jet operator based in Appleton, Wis., announced that it would be moving operators from United Express back to American Eagle. It wasn’t more than five years ago when they made the switch from American to United, and the company now seems to be going back.

At this current point in time, it looks like Air Wisconsin will resume flying the CRJ-200s under American Eagle in April of 2023. There are nine destinations that have now been scheduled to receive the American Eagle CRJ-200 starting at some point during the month of April 2023:

Appleton, Wis.; Huntsville, Ala.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Dayton, Ohio; Flint, Mich. Waterloo, Iowa; Manhattan, Kans.; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are the cities that currently are scheduled to start CRJ-200 service under the American Eagle brand, all of which will be served from the airline’s hub at Chicago O’Hare.

As it is still almost six months away, there is a good chance that these schedules will change and other cities will be added to the list.

Joey Gerardi


  • Joey Gerardi

    Joe has always been interested in planes, for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Central New York during the early 2000s when US Airways Express turboprops ruled the skies. Being from a non-aviation family made it harder for him to be around planes and would only spend about three hours a month at the airport. He was so excited when he could drive by himself and the first thing he did with the license was get ice cream and go plane spotting for the entire day. When he has the time (and money) he likes to take spotting trips to any location worth a visit. He’s currently enrolled at Western Michigan University earning a degree in Aviation Management and Operations.

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