Stlbham From United States of America, joined May 1999, 443 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 4 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 897 times:
I know that other than executive charters and Fed Ex's Carivans, there arent many Commercial operations with Cessnas. I spent some time around a few Cessna Citation I's and Citation II's this weekend and was wondering if Cessna though of trying their hand in the (recently hot) regional jet market? I know they would need to make the aircraft itself a little larger but from what I see the newer Cessna X look big farely large enough maybe to carry 19 or so people. Or do you think that market is already satuarted with regional jet makers? Any comments would be appreciated.
Flying-tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4175 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 878 times:
I think the Cessnas are only designed for business jet use (except for the caravans and the small ones like the 172). It is quite unlikely that they make it into a regionaljet and call it CeRJ500 or so. Before Fairchild took over Dornier the latter thought about developing the Do328 (30 seats) into a 50 seating jet. But they came to the conclusion that the market segment was already too crowded with the CRJ100/200 and ERJ-145. So they started withthe 70 seaters, and have the 928JET (90 seats) and the 528JET as project. They say that the development of these three jets costs about 1.2 billlion US-$ and I think that it is ulikely that Cessna can or is willing to invest soo much money in a quite crowded market with more than five manufactures (BAe Avro, ATR, Embraer, Bombardier, Fairchild, LET, Ilyushin, Antonov, IPTN). And please don´t forget that they need airlines as customers and they need a lot of them. Just my 10 cents.
CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 876 times:
I doubt that Cessna plans to enter the RJ market, but I know that some small scheduled carriers fly some, mostly 206's, but I think there may be a few smaller Cessna singles flying for airlines up in Alaska. Hope this helps...