Big airlines’ smaller planes being phased out

Aircraft such as Bombardier and Embraer have become unprofitable

A new trend is emerging in air travel particularly in North America – smaller planes operated by bigger airlines are being phased out due to high fuel prices. These are airlines’ least-efficient aircraft, and hundreds of jets and propeller planes with 50 seats or less are expected to be scrapped or parked over the next few years by carriers such as Delta and United Continental. His could leave some cities with far fewer connections by air. Almost 30 small airports in the US have already lost service from the bigger airlines since the end of 2009, meaning that thousands of travellers now have to drive to a more distant and better connected airport, adding stress to travel.
In the late 1990s, when jet fuel cost a quarter of today’s prices, airlines’ network of small jets and turboprops such as Bombardier and Embraer was profitable, attracting business travellers willing to pay more for tickets.


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