stirling
Posts: 3897
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2004 2:00 am

CRJ Modification Possible?

Fri Mar 23, 2007 2:24 am

Bloomberg:

Quote:
US Airways also will lessen its stock of small regional jets, making room for mid-size jets, such as its 86-seat Embraer E190. "What we're trying to do on the (US Airways) Express fleet is up-gauge our aircraft," Kerr told reporters. "Every chance we get to bring in larger aircraft and we reduce the 50-seat aircraft, we do that. ... You will continue to see us getting out of 50-seat aircraft (in favor of) 86-seat and 90-seat aircraft," CFO Derick Kerr said.

With so many 50 seat CRJs out there, which were once not too long ago seen as industry saviours, are now unfortunately relegated to the status of pariahs; would it be possible/profitable to insert fuselage plugs into existing airframes to increase their capacity?

For some airlines it might be a more affordable option than purchasing new CRJ700s.

It just seems such a waste to send to the rubbish bin perfectly good airplanes, but I am not an engineer nor a airline cost analyst, just a curious observer....

Many aircraft have been modified over the years, and had long happy lives in their new roles, why could it not happen with the CRJ?
Delete this User
 
SkyexRamper
Posts: 1952
Joined: Sun Mar 27, 2005 12:17 am

RE: CRJ Modification Possible?

Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:53 am

Quoting Stirling (Thread starter):
For some airlines it might be a more affordable option than purchasing new CRJ700s.

With a CRJ-700 you get slats, bigger cabin and whole new wing, more powerful engines, 2 belly cargo bins plus the normal aft bin..etc. It wouldn't work and would cost a lot more than buying a new or used plane of the larger size.
Good Luck to all Skyway Pilots! It's been great working with you!
 
User avatar
JBo
Posts: 1615
Joined: Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:23 am

RE: CRJ Modification Possible?

Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:11 am

Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 1):

With a CRJ-700 you get slats, bigger cabin and whole new wing, more powerful engines, 2 belly cargo bins plus the normal aft bin..etc. It wouldn't work and would cost a lot more than buying a new or used plane of the larger size.

Skyex hit it on the nail. The CRJ -700 and -900 series aircraft are incredibly different than the -200 series. Much moreso than just being longer.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
 
avt007
Posts: 1989
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2000 4:51 am

RE: CRJ Modification Possible?

Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:16 am

I've heard of a cargo conversion, so that's a possibility. Or it may be that corporate conversions may find a market.
 
Tangowhisky
Posts: 667
Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:26 am

RE: CRJ Modification Possible?

Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:22 am

Would not work Stirling. First the wings would not have enough lift and fuel capacity. Next you need bigger engines, bigger capacity air systems, bigger gear, etc. Airlines will live with them until they get beyond their economic life.
Only the paranoid survive

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos