VIflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 496 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
I've noticed that some airlines have attempted to counter act the major airline shuttle trend with the recent introduction of regional jets. American Eagle which for the most part has been totally committed to fly only regional service has streched out to flyinf some routes that only American has flown (example the Chicago to Washington National route) with their ERJ-135's. My real question is that will this really challange such shuttles like Delta's? Can a regional jet with it's limited services (such as food and drink), and relativly small capacity offer a real challange? Really Just food for thought.
BryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 427 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
I'm not sure that I understand what you're asking. Do you mean that airlines are replacing their major "big city to big city" routes with the regional airliners, instead of just using them for the "little city to big city" routes. If that's what you mean, then I've noticed it, too. Anymore, it's hard to tell where Comair leaves off and Delta begins. If a major carrier like Delta has a close relationship with another smaller carrier like Comair, they can balance each other's schedules so that (on the routes that they share) they're essentially the same airline. For example, both Comair and Delta fly the GSO-CVG route. There are 6 flights a day (3 Comair, 3 Delta) and the departure times are perfectly staggered. They both fly jets, so there's essentially no difference between Comair and Delta. Comair does plenty of big city routes, like CVG-ORD, CVG-EWR, CVG-IAH, CVG-MCO, etc... It seems that it's not just a feeder airline for Delta anymore, but an integral arm of their mainline fleet.
The RJ's don't just have a place in the little airline fleets. Midway is getting them like crazy, and Air Canada loves to use them on low-capacity routes to America. We also just heard that LOT is getting some ERJs. I'm sure there are other examples of that trend.
VIflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 496 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
Yes I mean that but also why are some airlines (Mainly American and Contiental) trying to compete on high flow routes with there regional jet vs. other airlins (Delta, USAir) with there psudo shuttle airlines (Delta shuttle, USAir shuttle). An is that a real challange with the limited abilities of regional jets (i.e. small food service abilities, small passanger capacity). Remeber the ERJ-135 major selling point was the ability to use existing jetways with out modifications, while th CRJ can't do it. American Eagle (American) and Contiental both bought the ERJ.