There are arguments for and against the E7 and it all depends on what the overall long term plans for fleet growth are at ACA
, and no one knows that for sure...Remember also that the first 340's in the fleet are nearing their 10th birthday, and in another 10 years they will be pushing 20. Looking at the E7 has to be done in a wider range, not just as a 767 replacement, but as part of a larger reorganization of the long/medium haul fleet. It's just my opinion but there are two ways that ACA
could go with their long term planning.
Right now or soon they will have a mainline fleet of ERJ's A319, 320, 321, 762, 763, 333, 343, 345.
This could be streamlines and improved in a number of ways.
The ERJ fleet, being cheaper to operate then the a32X fleet could grow, removing the 319 from the fleet, and reducing the 320 workload, the 321 is effectively a dud in the fleet, a 762 does about the same job with a lot more range and much less payload restrictions (Just ask anyone working for ACA
Ops in Florida) the 763's, which in another few years will need replacing, can either be filled in with 333/332 operations or 7E7 family, the 333/343 fleet can grow if required and same goes for the 345. So what am I getting at??
Well Option 1 for long term fleet revitalization could be:
ERJ 170/190, A320, 321, 350, 333, 343, 345
Or option 2
ERJ 170/190, 320, 7E7Family, 777 Family.
You would be able to fill the role of the 321-333 fleet with the range of 7E7 Variations, and the 343/345 fleet could be reduced to one type ( the 777 family) You would be going from 6 types (current) to 4 types.
As I said we are all here speculating, only time will tell but I would not rule out the e7 or even the 777 based on some of the stuff that I've been hearing from friends at ACA
, and while it may seem far fetched if they can secure better leases for these airplanes vs the competition, and the can operate them for less doing the same work then it's always a factor for consideration...
"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada