Just recently, I visited the CVG Farm of CRJ Airplanes, and it got me wondering. With all of the companies, (Bombardier/Embraer) focusing on the 70-110 seat airplanes, and Boeing/Airbus on the larger models, what is going to happen when the CRJ40/CRJ50 and the ERJs need replacing. Eventually these airplanes will be outdated technology, and I doubt we will see these last as long as a DC-9. My question is where are the airlines going to get a new replacement 44 or 50 seater, or in Chautauqua's case, a 37 seater?
Are there plans in the works to develop a new "Regional Jet", or is the future going to be 70-110 seaters for the regional market. What about those airlines who cannot fill a 70 seater in some markets?
What will replace these?
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Any opinions/answers would be terrrrific.
[Edited 2007-11-01 01:44:59]