|Quoting Nosedive (Thread starter):|
a 30- to 50-seat regional jet, a class of aircraft that faces relatively small competition in the world market.
I thoroughly disagree with this statement. The ERJ series in particular fill this gap almost perfectly while the CRJ fills the upper half. The love affair with RJs at least in the US has reached its peak for the most part. There aren't many RJs being ordered any more. There is a lot of competition now, and both Bombardier and Embraer are focusing on larger planes since that is where the market is right now. There is no room right now with all the 50 seat RJs plus the super efficient props available now.
The only hope I believe that this plane will have is if it can finally combine RJ
comfort and speed with turboprop efficiency. With the demanding schedules and high number of cycles, the CRJs and ERJs will begin to need replacements eventually, so that could set off a next generation RJ
market, but that is in the future. This has to be an unbelievably good plane in order for it to sell. Even though regional aircraft have high turnaround and shorter life spans, for an airline to go for a new manufacturer, then the planes must be good. The Japanese are known for producing cheap yet good and reliable cars. If they can do to the aviation industry, what they did to cars, there is a chance. Who would have ever thought fifteen years ago that a Brazilian company would be leading the way in the 30 to 100 seat market?
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!