American Airlines will remove the Bombardier Dash 8-100 from its regional fleet in November, ending a more than three-decade run for the type in the feeder fleets of the carrier and its predecessors.
The Fort Worth-based carrier says its Piedmont Airlines subsidiary is scheduled to operate its last Dash 8-100 flight between Philadelphia and Salisbury, Maryland, on 29 November.
American is replacing the Dash 8s in the Piedmont fleet with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145s. The regional airline operates 26 ERJ-145s and plans to have 36 by the end of the year, Flight Fleets Analyzer shows and the airline confirms.
The Philadelphia-Salisbury flight will end a 32-year run for the type in American Eagle's regional fleet and those of predecessors US Airways Express and Piedmont Commuter.
Henson Aviation, which was renamed Piedmont the early 1990s, became the third operator of the Dash 8-100 when it put the aircraft into revenue service in April 1985, the Flight International archive shows.
The regional airline's fleet of Dash 8-100s peaked at 44 aircraft by 1995 and remained around that level through 2008, Flight Fleets Analyzer shows.
Piedmont has 23 Dash 8-100s with an average age of 27.4 years. However, only eight are in service, with the balance stored.
American says it will keep the larger Dash 8-300s in the Piedmont fleet through the summer of 2018. A few Dash 8-100s will remain as spares until the Dash 8 fleet is fully retired.
Piedmont operates 11 Dash 8-300s with an average age of 25.7 years, Flight Fleets Analyzer shows.
American's Dash 8-100s have 36 seats and its Dash 8-300s 48 seats, its website shows.
Source: Cirium Dashboard