Difference between the CRJ -100 and -200 is merely range I believe since they both seat 50. The 40 seater is the -400/440.
CO 757 200> TOL is the city, I believe, Joe is talking about. From my understanding...shortly after AirTran announced the pull out from Toledo a decision was reached that would be the CRJs into the FL fleet towards the end of the year. Since they were routinely holding loads from 70-80%, filling a CRJ wasn't going to be a problem. They came back to the Port Authority to renegotiate a new lease and used the CRJs as the excuse for their "change of heart." Depending on who you talk to...they were either laughed out of TOL or told to "not let the door hit your ass on the way out." I'll attempt to get some more information on this.
Scotty suggested: ATL-EYW, MLB, HSV, BHM, MSY, BNA, CVG, CLE, ALB, MHT, BTV, PWM, AUS, SAT, CRP, CMH, DTW, CHS...as far as new cities. Some of these have already been tried by AirTran I, VJ, or AirTran II (Today's version). EYW, MLB, HSV, MHT, BTV seem more likely than any others listed. Most cities are already covered: CVG & CMH (DAY), CLE (CAK), DTW (FNT), etc. BHM and CVG were old FL/VJ cities that they will likely not go back into. Another big thing to keep in mind, they are going to want to keep stage lengths close to 500 miles or greater for cost reasons. CASMs are going to be much much higher than the 717s, even if they are code-sharing Mesa.
It almost appears AirTran may have a bit of an identity crisis right now. They can't really grow to new, profitable cities with the 717s due to range. There are only so many people flying right now that it will hurt LFs doing more point to point. Finally any of the really good cities left east of the Mississippi has either Southwest or another low fare carrier servicing it. It is interesting to see how they are going to try to mimmick Frontier a bit -- we'll see how it works.
As far as my picks for new cities...who knows. I wouldn't be shocked to see these go to ICT and other low performing cities (profit wise). Of course personally I wonder if they will come back to TOL, seeing they may have never wanted to leave to begin with. Bad blood takes awhile to calm down, but in the state of this industry -- the Port would almost be foolish to reject them. Of course, you don't want an airline flying to your hometown that won't promise a consistant service. Pax won't follow, especially business passengers, and you are going to end up with the low yeild bottom feeders. Would the 3rd time be the charm? I believe it would work -- DL has cut back some capacity to CVG with the CRJ redeployment and US is fairly weak right now. However, ATA has sucked up almost all low fare passengers thanks to brand recognition from the many years of people taking charters out to Vegas, Mexico, Florida, etc.
This should get interesting.