747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3951 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4317 times:
The 737 is pretty much a smaller twin engine 707 design. Back in 80's and early to mid 90's I notice must of the flights coming from SFO to LAX was 737 and BAe 146. When I see a KC-135R it look more like a large wing four engine 737. For a little over 10 years when I see a 707 or 707 base plane and think of all those 737 and BAe 146. It got me to Wondering, what if BAe build a twin engine plane base on BAe 146/ RJ's. It would have had the same high wing and T tail design as the BAe 146/RJ's, but it would been very light weight and use on very short range flights like Santa Barbra to LAX or SAN or from small airport to smaller airports deep in country area. It could have been to go from big inland airports to very near by smaller inland airports. It could have been built a long side the BAe146. So do you think this could have worked back in the 80's and 90's when BAe/ RJ's was still being built.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13387 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4306 times:
BAe had a similar thought. In the early 1990's the original 'RJX' (not to be confused with the upgraded 4 engine version cancelled in 2001), was a twin.
BMW/RR engines, a choice of fuselage lengths, IIRC artists impressions even included winglets.
But BAe decided not to proceed, just carrying on in a niche market with the upgraded BAe-146, the Avro RJ.
In doing so, assuming a RJX service entry in the mid 1990's, they lost out on the regional jet boom.
DEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 5125 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4224 times:
Quoting GDB (Reply 1): In doing so, assuming a RJX service entry in the mid 1990's, they lost out on the regional jet boom.
I, too, would have loved a BAe twinjet. In hindsight, BAe might indeed have foregone some sales, but they also saved on development costs, considering the subsequent fall of the regional jet market. Which was bigger is open to speculation.