In 2012, three North American mainline carriers adopted revised scope clauses allowing for larger regional aircraft types to be integrated into their fleets. This will augment the number of 50-seat jets that will be available for sale or leasing during the next few years, including the Bombardier CRJ200.
This year, these CRJ200s will start to be removed from service, and the influx of available aircraft on the market will increase dramatically in the next three years as carriers receive new orders of larger aircraft types.
However, as the older models begin to come on to the market via lease returns and retirements, analysts suggest the aircraft will be remarketed into several different niche markets or simply parted out.
Most of the CRJ200 fleet is based in North America. Flightglobal's Ascend Online database reveals that at the end of March, there were 780 CRJ200s in operation with an estimated 690 in service.