U.S. airlines will continue to drop 50-seat regional jets from their operations; that is a certainty. Higher fuel costs have made them unprofitable on many routes, and the clauses in pilot union contracts that severely restricted the major carriers from outsourcing the flying of larger RJs have largely evaporated. Delta Air Lines has vowed to shed another 200 of them by 2015; American Eagle seems poised for a purging. Where those Bombardier and Embraer 50-seaters will end up, however, ...

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