Again in August 2022, American Airways revealed a brand new partnership with Air Wisconsin. These flights at the moment are on sale for journey as of subsequent spring. Whereas extra regional capability is an effective factor, there are additionally some issues to not sit up for right here…
Air Wisconsin will fly CRJ-200s for American Eagle
We’re at present coping with a pilot scarcity in the USA, which is having the best influence on regional airways. This has prompted service to many smaller markets to be reduce, as there merely aren’t sufficient pilots to function all regional jets.
This is a matter for the foremost legacy airways, as service to small markets is a key a part of the general hub & spoke enterprise mannequin. American Airways is launching a brand new 5 yr partnership for regional flying, which helps tackle this difficulty.
Air Wisconsin can be doing a little flying on behalf of American Eagle, which is American’s regional subsidiary. Air Wisconsin will fly as much as 60 CRJ-200 plane on behalf of American Eagle. The service will begin as of April 2023, and can be centered totally on American’s Chicago O’Hare (ORD) hub.
Based mostly on the preliminary schedule submitting, the airline will function the CRJ-200 on 10 routes from Chicago O’Hare, together with to Appleton (ATW), Bishop (FNT), Dayton (DAY), Japanese Iowa (CID), Huntsville (HSV), Kalamazoo (AZO), Manhattan (MHK), Milwaukee (MKE), Omaha (OMA), and Waterloo (ALO).
It’s regular for regional airways to function on behalf of a number of airways. It’s attention-grabbing to see the best way Air Wisconsin has bounced round over time. Again within the day Air Wisconsin operated for US Airways Specific, then for American Eagle, then for United Specific, and now Air Wisconsin goes again to American Eagle.
Why I’m not enthusiastic about Air Wisconsin CRJ-200s
There are a few issues that make this improvement noteworthy. Initially, most airways have been phasing out 50-seat jets, and specifically the CRJ-200. American Eagle had utterly phased out the CRJ-200 as of early 2020, when associate PSA stopped flying CRJ-200s across the begin of the pandemic.
The CRJ-200 is my least favourite regional jet, plain and easy. The aircraft has a capability for 50 passengers, and the cabin is in a 2-2 configuration, with no top quality. In relation to 50-seat regional jets, I far choose the Embraer ERJ-145, because the cabin is in a 1-2 configuration.
Whereas American Eagle additionally operates CRJ-700s and CRJ-900s, these planes typically have a firstclass cabin, so at the very least it’s probably a extra comfy experience.
Moreover, it has been years since I’ve flown with Air Wisconsin, although going again a decade I flew on Air Wisconsin regional flights on a regular basis. On the time I bear in mind Air Wisconsin being one of many least dependable regional operators. I imagine the airline is doing a bit higher these days with operational reliability, although the airline nonetheless has fairly a bit status in that regard.
Air Wisconsin will begin doing a little regional flying on behalf of American Airways’ regional subsidiary, American Eagle. The service is anticipated to start out by April 2023, utilizing CRJ-200s. The flights will primarily be out of Chicago O’Hare, and the primary 10 routes at the moment are on sale. Whereas American accessing extra regional planes is an effective factor, I can’t say I’m notably enthusiastic about CRJ-200s being reintroduced to the American Eagle fleet.
What do you make of Air Wisconsin flying on behalf of American Eagle?