Eurowings is continuing its move to get away from their past as a regional airline. They are retiring the last Bombardier CRJ-900 jet. The move comes as Eurowings unifies its fleet around the Airbus A320.
The last scheduled flight, which landed earlier, was from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden to Hamburg; Flight EW 4187. The aircraft was greeted by airport fire service at Hamburg airport with a blue light salute before it was discharged from the fleet.
Corresponding with its historical operations area, the Eurowings Bombardier fleet was designed as a regional airline within the Lufthansa Group. The aircraft is available in 200, 700 and 900 versions. They all have been in service at Eurowings during the intervening period. On April 6th 2001, the airline used its smallest version, the Bombardier CRJ-200, for its first flight. The company had 23 aircrafts of this type in the fleet with last CRJ-200 leaving the company in May 2012. They also moved two larger CRJ-700with 70 seats, to the larger CRJ-900 in April 2009. With one of the most consistent, largest and fastest fleet renewal programs of all the European airlines, they replaced this aircraft with 23 Airbus A320 that are twice the size in just a few months. While at the same time, the switch made it necessary to schedule appropriate retraining for the pilots and cabin crews. The whole transition is finally complete.
After 560,400 successful accident-free flight hours, there are no longer any Bombardier jets in active service. The technicians are now getting ready for the last three aircrafts with Eurowings registration for service with another airline. The Bombardier jets have four seats per row and a narrow central aisle. This means particularly bigger passengers have reservations about the regional jet. By using the Airbus A320 family consistently, the low-cost quality now provides their passengers with the same high comfort throughout the entire medium-haul fleet.