I would think it's wise to hang on the BAe 146s until the 70-100 seaters start coming in. For one thing, it's becoming more profitable for most airlines to operate aircraft in that size range where a 737-200 or an A319 won't cut it financially. As for AC
ordering such aircraft in that size range, it could go either way as far as Bombardier and Embraer is concerned.
went for Embraer ERJs, then, yes, Ottawa is likely to raise hell for reasons related to that little trade spat with Brazil a few years ago. But I don't think there's much the feds can do if AC
went in that direction. If AC
went for the CRJ, then there's the benefit of commonality and cheaper maintenance costs as they'd only have to deal with one family of RJs, not two. I don't know how much of a cockpit commonality there is between the CRJ-200 and the -700/900 series, but if there is, then that's an advantage.
However, Bombardier has been playing games in the sense that it will sell its aircraft for a lower price or give tax breaks only to non-Canadian customers. Not surprisingly, this is why it has also been rumored that AC
has been looking at the ATR 42/72 and other manufacturers for Dash 8 replacements and for a larger turboprop then the Dash 8-300.
I agree that the Dash 8-400 could fit nicely in AC
Jazz's plan, for it can go where it might be too difficult for a CRJ-700 to land in. Also, I think it's cheaper to run a turboprop on very short-haul routes such as YEG
than for an RJ
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