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Where Do You Draw The "Regional" Line  
User currently offlineMonorail From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 631 posts, RR: 4
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4804 times:

Embraer's newest jets (170,175,190,195) are gradually evolving and becoming bigger than their regional jet predecessors. The 170 flies for US under express colors.

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B6, who does not have an express subsidiary, has ordered 190s. My question is where do you draw the line b/w regional jet and mainline jet? Would you fly the 170 under mainline colors if you ran a legacy carrier? How many pax must fit on the plane before you consider a jet "mainline"? I'm curious to see what people have to say.

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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4770 times:

I'd base it on the carrier's range of operations. PSA was a regional airline in that it served the West Coast only, even though they flew L1011s. Another regional airline was Southern Airlines as was Southwest when it started.

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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7233 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4757 times:

Probably 100+ people. I have an impression of a regional jet as a plane that doesn not carry more that maybe 70 people. Other wise a Prop

User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4794 times:

I'd say 90-95, with an awkward space between 70 and 90 that could go either way. the Embraer 190 and 195 are definitely not RJs in my book, then comes the E-170 and E-175 (they look like a stubby mainline jet) which I would only hesitantly call an RJ, whereas the CR9 I don't think I would have a problem with it being called an RJ.

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