When a Regional Airline Fades, Big Planes Are the First to Go

American Airlines (AAL) has decided to shift 47 larger jets away from its Envoy regional carrier. It’s a move designed to streamline operations, allowing Envoy to focus on a single plane. But it might also be a sign of the beginning of the end.

PSA Airlines, another regional unit absorbed in American’s merger with US Airways, will take the 76-seat Bombardier (BBD/B:CN) CRJ-700 jets given up by Envoy in 2016. The shift will leave Envoy—formerly known as American Eagle—with 152Embraer (ERJ) jets that seat 50 passengers or fewer.