PlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 6227 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1539 times:
I think this will be a welcome aircraft that would have sold like hotcakes over the past two years, but now may end up trickling until fuel picks up. The problem is that 2013/14 is quite a ways away. Carriers wanting larger aircraft will either have to order larger jets (like the CR9/10 or E190/195) or simply keep ordering the existing Q400 and risk spilling traffic to competitors.
I would definitely think that both FlyBe and Horizon would find plenty of uses for these planes. I wonder, though, if they might instead decide to go for a "keesje" 5 abreast turboliner or whatever it is he calls it. It could take a little longer - say 2016 - but have the potential to grow into something more substantial.
How they would finance this project is another question entirely, and with their history, it would probably be shelved, resurrected, marketed, put on hold, then finally gain traction, but only after one or two competitors had also entered the fray.