SierraPacific wrote:stburke wrote:Once again, absurd scope clauses keeping the reigns tightened on small aircraft and small communities.
I do not see how more E 175's would affect this since E 175's are mainly used on routes that used to be mainline back in the day (PHX-LAX)(IAH-ATL)(PDX-STL) for example. These small communities just do not make sense from a business perspective rather than some evil pilot union saying that people in Macon Georgia should not have air service. The big 3 could run Saab 340's to Greenville Mississippi from Atlanta or Houston if they truly wanted tomorrow without talking to ALPA but management would rather use E 175's to fly routes that were historically mainline 15 years ago (SFO-AUS is a good example of this strategy). If ALPA would allow regional scope relaxation the big 3 wouldn't be airlines anymore rather just a place to book tickets on regional carriers that still do not serve little towns across America.
Saab 340 and EMB 120 were originally certified to 30 seats. However the FAA standard weight to per passenger increased so much that they were severely weight restricted
I worked Ops for SkyWest and did weight and balance for EMB 120. I'd have to write on the release how much baggage /pax for different passenger count. So for 24 pax/XXX, 25/ YYY, etc. the only time I saw one 30 go out was with a couple of kids (counted less weight) plus a rare very light hand luggage. EMB120 I loved to ride and pilots liked it.
If they produce another 30seat prop, hopefully now with lighter materials to accept a full load. And these were short flights. Palm Springs to LAX