I have heard someone mention the possibility of the Ansett/Air NZ group buying some new Avro RJXs for trans-tasman services. It also would be a good choice for QF seeing their large 146 fleet (through National Jet)
These planes apparently have a long enough range to open up CBR-AKL flights or even more importantly, CBR-WLG (another capital shuttle service).
These planes could also fly the Queenstown route (popular for skiers) from SYD/BNE (short runway) and possibly a Newcastle-Auckland link as was recently proposed.
And maybe Air NZ could even reopen Hobart-Christchurch, a route Air NZ flew at one stage with 732s.
Does anyone know of this rumour??? Can anyone confirm that these planes would have the range on a full load??? Would anyone like to fly such a (small) plane on what would be a long flight (especially if they are as slow as the 146s!)
Any info would be appreciated.