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Where Do You Draw The "Regional" Line

Wed Jan 12, 2005 6:57 am

Embraer's newest jets (170,175,190,195) are gradually evolving and becoming bigger than their regional jet predecessors. The 170 flies for US under express colors.

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B6, who does not have an express subsidiary, has ordered 190s. My question is where do you draw the line b/w regional jet and mainline jet? Would you fly the 170 under mainline colors if you ran a legacy carrier? How many pax must fit on the plane before you consider a jet "mainline"? I'm curious to see what people have to say.
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Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:55 am

I'd base it on the carrier's range of operations. PSA was a regional airline in that it served the West Coast only, even though they flew L1011s. Another regional airline was Southern Airlines as was Southwest when it started.
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RE: Where Do You Draw The "Regional" Lin

Wed Jan 12, 2005 6:01 pm

Probably 100+ people. I have an impression of a regional jet as a plane that doesn not carry more that maybe 70 people. Other wise a Prop
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RE: Where Do You Draw The "Regional" Lin

Thu Jan 13, 2005 4:12 am

I'd say 90-95, with an awkward space between 70 and 90 that could go either way. the Embraer 190 and 195 are definitely not RJs in my book, then comes the E-170 and E-175 (they look like a stubby mainline jet) which I would only hesitantly call an RJ, whereas the CR9 I don't think I would have a problem with it being called an RJ.
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