Usually it is more cost effective to use larger aircraft. RJs tend to be rather expensive per seast mile.
The other issue is cutomer goodwill though. Le tme use FAR
as an example. We have four UAX CRJs to DEN
and three UAX CRJs to ORD
. Also, NW
has around six mainline and two or three regional aircraft (ARJ, SF3, etc.) into MSP
. People up here strongly prefer NW
and they mainly do so because of the larger aircraft. Personally I would fly NW
rather than UAX, but since I usually connect to UA
transatlatic flights in ORD
, I of course am stuck on those CRJs.
IMHO CRJs cause customer dissatisfaction, higher cost and congestion at the bigger airports such as ORD
. For Fargo I would much rather see one or two 737-sized aircraft into bothe ORD
and an additional CRJ service to each one. This would be the perfect compromise.
[Edited 2005-05-10 08:55:22]