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What A/C now for BE!

Old 18th Dec 2001, 14:20
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Here at Rimmer News we've been looking at this question since the demise of the RJX and this is what we reckon of the various runners and riders:

EMB170/175: A strong possibility, John Doyle was on the blower to Big Jim within an hour of the RJX announcement. The 170 will be LCY capable since that is a requirement of Crossair as launch customer (it's in the contract no cert no order). The 175 is a bijou strech-ette which takes max seating to 86 or CRJ900 size but it will not be LCY capable. Additionally there is the high commonality with the 190/195 which would take them up to 108 seats for non LCY routes with the same type rating.

CRJ700: Less likely for two reasons, 1 it ain't LCY capable - can't make the single engine miss Canary Wharf climb requirement. 2 BE is still trying to get out of the CRJ200 deal.

A318/319: Only feasible if the LCY requirement is left to the Q400s and other Dash8s. But there is always the cost problem of shrink a/c especially in the case of the 318. In addition there are some questions about the 318 programme - it too could be for the chop (or so some of the rumors go)

717: As per the 318/319 in that the LCY requirement would have to be dropped but we reckon that have taken the decision to continue production Boeing will match Airbus pricing to shift some more a/c. On the other hand, it's a pretty heavy a/c for a 110 seater in modern terms.

In short, the at Rimmer news we reckon Embraer has got to be a good bet but - but if not the 717 could be an outsider worth a punt.
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