i´d say they´re going for the Embraers. although CLH has a large CR1 fleet and will most probably get even more CR7s since they´re pretty happy with that aircraft (except for some bugs every new model has), they´re not to fond of the CR9 due to its tube-like interior.
given that LH had an order of 60+60 frames for the Do 728s, i´d be pretty sure that almost every manufacturer is fighting to win the new order and i wouldn´t be too surprised if our brazilian friends have already visited FRA.
that LH is looking into the A318 might not be surprising at all, but i highly doubt they consider it as an alternative for the Do728s. in addition, this aircraft, as well as the 717, offer more capacity (around 100pax) which would be too much. there is a scople clause which says that every LH aircraft with more than 70 seats has to be operated by LH mainline crew.
when CLH got their Avros there was an exeption made but it the scope clause still stands.
it´s obvious that LH would like CLH to operate more and bigger aircraft since they operate cheaper so i could imagine LH being possibly interested in the 717.
please note, this is speaking hypothetically. it would make no sense to ease up the scope clause and have CLH operate the A318 and LH mainline the other A320family aircraft. however, although it´s a new type to the fleet, the 717 would seem more logical in this case, imho.
it seems to be more profitable on the usual CLH routes (short sectors) and it fits better into CLH, fleet- and network-wise, although it would be much bigger than any of their current aircraft.
i´m not saying that CLH/LH will go for the 717 (although it would look nice in the colors!!!), i´m just trying to provide some thoughts on the FI article.
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