NW compared to the other legacy carriers has done the least amount of RJ
'ing of former mainline routes. Look no further than United, AA
, and especially CO
to how many routes in the past few years of downgauged to RJ
's from former mainline flying. NW
was late to the RJ
game, but has primarily used their CRJ's to a) upgage turboprop flying in some markets b) open up new routes / markets and test the waters (SAV
, RFD, ELP
, etc, etc) and upgrading to mainline if the route warrents (DTW
, etc), not to mention IND
c) add additional frequencies to existing markets.
The CRJ's are not a bad aircraft on the shorter routes. Routes like DTW
, they are great. I flew DTW
, with over a 2 hour block time was pushing my tolerance of being on a full CRJ. If you get an open seat next to you they are great.
The only thing I like about the ERJ is if you can get an A seat (the single seat), or again, an empty seat next to you. I'm not clastrophobic, but for some reason I felt that the ERJ cabin was excessively cramped, seemed a lot less spacious than even like a Saab.