B727fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 344 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2089 times:
I was just curious why independence Air decided to chose CRJs instead of ERJs? Seems like, based on their promotions, they had done their homework and chose their fleet & destinations wisely!!
I am not a fan of the CRJs UNLESS, the newer models will place the windows about 3-4 inches higher! I am 5'-11" and really find it difficult to look outside the window because it is placed relatively low!
Also, they picked A319 vs B737. I thought B737s are the most competitive in their class, besides, I was surprised to see this new airline out of DC area decided to go with Airbus!!
So is it perhaps because they got better deals with CRJs and A319s or does it have any other significance to it?
Nearord From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1935 times:
The CRJ's are the former united express RJ's that got painted and an interior redo. The ERJ's are nice, but there is no way we can get 87 ERJ's in 3 months and sell all the CRJ's. We can however get 87 CRJ's in 3 months, as we just have to repaint the ones we have been operating since 97. Trust me, I understand about the windows (6'4''). As for the Airbus, it was cheaper, but that is not the reason we bought them. We needed large planes quick. We announced we were breaking ties with united in July of 03, Independence Air was officially announced November. So we needed to buy 30 or so mailine planes and need deliveries ASAP. The company looked at all available options, (used,new,airbus,boeing, 737,757,A319,A320 ect.) The quickest and best way was to get Airbus A319's as we could get the first one delivered in Sept of 04. So speed of delivery was really the main determinate. Hope that helps