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Curiosity & Independence Air?!

Sat Jul 10, 2004 10:26 pm

Hi Everyone,
I was just curious why independence Air decided to chose CRJs instead of ERJs? Seems like, based on their promotions, they had done their homework and chose their fleet & destinations wisely!!
I am not a fan of the CRJs UNLESS, the newer models will place the windows about 3-4 inches higher! I am 5'-11" and really find it difficult to look outside the window because it is placed relatively low!
Also, they picked A319 vs B737. I thought B737s are the most competitive in their class, besides, I was surprised to see this new airline out of DC area decided to go with Airbus!!
So is it perhaps because they got better deals with CRJs and A319s or does it have any other significance to it?
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RE: Curiosity & Independence Air?!

Sat Jul 10, 2004 10:37 pm

They already had CRJs from when they were ACA.
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RE: Curiosity & Independence Air?!

Mon Jul 12, 2004 12:51 pm

The CRJ's are the former united express RJ's that got painted and an interior redo. The ERJ's are nice, but there is no way we can get 87 ERJ's in 3 months and sell all the CRJ's. We can however get 87 CRJ's in 3 months, as we just have to repaint the ones we have been operating since 97. Trust me, I understand about the windows (6'4''). As for the Airbus, it was cheaper, but that is not the reason we bought them. We needed large planes quick. We announced we were breaking ties with united in July of 03, Independence Air was officially announced November. So we needed to buy 30 or so mailine planes and need deliveries ASAP. The company looked at all available options, (used,new,airbus,boeing, 737,757,A319,A320 ect.) The quickest and best way was to get Airbus A319's as we could get the first one delivered in Sept of 04. So speed of delivery was really the main determinate. Hope that helps
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RE: Curiosity & Independence Air?!

Mon Jul 12, 2004 12:54 pm

Uhhh....they had all their CRJs already. Blueridge was around for a long time before Indyair came about.
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RE: Curiosity & Independence Air?!

Tue Jul 13, 2004 12:32 am

Boeing really needs to get their production of 737's ramped up more or they are going to continue to see orders stream to Airbus.....
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RE: Curiosity & Independence Air?!

Tue Jul 13, 2004 12:17 pm

The decision to pick Airbus could also have been influenced by the headquarters of Independence and the North American headquarters of Airbus being about 10 minutes from each other. Makes things easy.

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