I was just reading the Robb Report and there was an article on Boeing's plan to make the 717-200 into a business shuttle for 40-80 people. The plane will have a max. Range of 3600nm (with extra fuel tanks). The plane will cost "only" $27 million, $10 million less than the commercial 717. Boeing is also extending the warranties on the new aircraft. The article said that this is being done to help sales of the 717.
Boeing is marketing this as a cooperate shuttle that can that can land at smaller airports such as Teterboro in NJ
, because it is under the 100,000 lbs limit.
Does any one have any more information on this....Does Boeing already have customers?...And if not, who are they looking at for customers?...And do you think that this is a good idea for Boeing, especially taking a $10 million yet on each plane?