"It's cramped, it's slow, scratched windows, stingey with the jump seat, rarely on time;"
Hey Kaitak, what does that have with the plane to do?
You just take a ride on a RJ-100 operated and maintained by Crossair instead. Wide dark blue leather seats better than anything you can afford at home, plenty of legroom all way to the back. You don't check the delay on the your watch, instead you adjust your watch on their departure time.
Slow? I never went further than 600 miles on an RJ-100. It is 2-3 minutes slower in the air. But on take off here at CPH it saves even more time because instead of taxiing all way to the end of the runway it turns onto the runway half way down, and still it leaves plenty of runway to spare.
Obstructed view, yes, on some rows you see the engines, but then you don't have the wing to obstruct your view on beautiful planet earth. Flaps, yes, my eyes are glued to the beautiful flap mechanism inside the wing when flaps are rolling in and out. You don't see that so well on any other airliner.
If you go to London City Airport you won't have much choise except a vibrating turboprop. Because the RJ-100 has take off and landing performance unmatched by any other jet airliner. And its external noise is by far quieter than any other jet airliner.
On an airport without jetways you step in and out of it much like an underground train, not on some flimsy and much too steep stairs.
The RJ-100 is a great plane, but it is a very specialised niche plane. The worst thing about it is that it is too expensive. Of course the oldest 146s are getting pretty old today, but you cannot blame that on the plane. And if they show their age, then you can only blame it on the airline company which maintains them.
I love the RJ-100 at least as much as any Airbus or Boeing. I have flown on them many times, mainly between Denmark and Switzerland.
Best regards, Preben Norholm