Good news for Embraer!
Unless JAL is planning to buy significantly more E-jets... this decision from a business case confuses me. Note, I'm a HUGE fan of the E-jets. But... I do believe in fleet commonality. I'd be curious why the CRJ-1000 was rejected.
However, since this is for E170's, the CRJ900 is the appropriate competition. Almost the same capacity... almost the same engines too. I wonder if the E170's short field performance won the order?
Now... with JAL laying the groundwork, I wonder if ANA will buy any E-jets? Quite bluntly, when I look at flights from the US to mid or small cities in Japan, the connections... suck. A small fleet of E-jets and NGO
would certainly open up the connections. Perhaps when NRT
gets the 3rd runway some slots will be available there for connections?
Either way, its good news for Embraer!