Everyone knows that the proliferation of 50 seat RJ's are causing many Regional Carriers to see red on their balance sheets, not new news. The Independence Air debacle proved that a standalone airline operating CRJs almost exclusively would be doomed due to the poor economics of 50 seat RJ's in general. However, XE is trying a similar business plan of operating 50 seat E145's and is seeing decent load factors and minimal losses. Of course they still operate as an express carrier for CO and DL, but the standalone side seems to be doing well considering they are a new carrier (to the general public at least) and skyrocketing fuel costs.
Which begs my question, what are some of the economic advantages the ERJ has over the CR2?