What seems overlooked in all the previous posts in this thread is that US placed the $4.3 billion order for RJ
's through BBD and EMB in April 2003, a month AFTER emerging from their last Ch 11 filing. They ordered 170 aircraft that they likely did not need. Granted, I'd imagine they thought that by ordering when they did they could hedge against the likelihood of higher prices for the RJ
's in the coming years.
It should also be noted that US created MidAtlantic Airways as one of their USX carriers and specified that MidAtlantic would only fly the EMB 170's.
GECAS has agreed to take some of the 85 CRJ's US ordered. With EMB announcing it has suspended delivery of its RJ
's to US, is it safe to assume that some of the remaining 63 ERJ's will be diverted to GECAS?
US created this mess and others, including their employees and GECAS, are paying the price for the airline's poor management.