Its not surprising to read this, because whether AA
likes it or not, those CR7's they have really don't cut it. Its an RJ
pretty much stretched to the max. There are/will be better products available in the near future. The 73G's are likely at some point in time but those are likely to come later when AA
wants to start replacing some MD
-80 capacity, they are more akin to the 738's and wouldn't be considered as a true 100 seater.
Aircraft that would be under consideration would be: E170/E190 and the 717. With AA
's route stucture, especially out of ORD
there are many lengthy routes that need a larger aircraft than a CR7 but not an MD
-80. One would think that AA
has more than enough mainline aircraft at this point though. I'm sure they are thinking ahead for the future though.
An interesting comment was make yesterday by Richard Anderson at NW
, he stated that NW
's DC-9's have the cheapest costs for a non-RJ aircraft in the 70-125 seat range.