Embraer jets carrying 76 passengers will soon replace the 142-passenger MD-88s operated by Delta Shuttle on its New York-Washington route. The company plans to convert 50% of its flights to the smaller E-175 aircraft by Jan. 5, and 100% by the end of March. The new planes will be operated by Shuttle America, but Delta says its shuttle product will remain the same, except for two fewer first-class seats. Delta said the smaller aircraft will better match reduced demand on the route.

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