Yep, Mr. Zander and I agree. The whole gist of the problem is that the 736 and 73G, and other NG
737s, are designed more for longer routes. The 736 for example has more range than Aloha needs interisland. And the engines would require higher maintenance on such short hops, which the plane was never designed for.
some people would like to say that the 73G is designed for these short markets and cite Southwest's operation of them as an example. But that's not a good comparison. Southwest does operate a high frequency schedule, to be sure, but the average route length is much longer, and Southwest uses more planes to fill those routes than Aloha would want to use interisland. We're talking ultra-short haul, ultra high frequency. That's hard on any airplane, and you need an airplane designed for just such routes.
the 717 is that airplane. And so were the Avro RJs. So tell me am I correct....I thought that Avro went out of business a few years back, just as Aloha was considering purchasing ARJ's as a 732 replacement. The reason that the Avro's never came to be was because the company was no more.
The Embraer jets...look to me to be designed not necessarily for ultra-short haul, but rather for intra-continental, thin routes. The EMB-190 probably will become a formidable competitor to the 717, and might offer more range as well. If it does, it might be less suited to Aloha's needs.
Aloha does need a QC
, the question is will any manufacturer be willing to make such a special variant of a plane.