Well, as much as I loved the old Crossair and as much as I love to fly on the Saab 2000, I think a new regional airline can not be compared with the Crossair from some years ago.
Following reasons :
1) When Crossair enjoyed its best time, the threat from the low cost carriers was by far not as strong as it is nowadays.
2) - and somewhat linked to 1) - Due to the economic downturn in most countries, companies send their business travellers often on the low cost carriers or cheap offers of network carriers. Only a very limited number of passengers/companies is willing to pay extra for a decent service on a domestic or European flight. The importance of service has lost ground against the price.
3) Passengers unfortunately prefer a 30 year old 737 to a whining new turboprop. This is silly, but i you have a Saab 2000 and an A319 competing on a route, the passengers will prefer the Airbus (I would not, but I fear I am in part of the minority...)
Anway, I wish MS
and his team good luck and lots of success for their plans. If a Saab will fly to LUG
, i will definitely book a seat!