I would love the see the A220-100/300 in AF colours but do the aircraft offer capacity that matches AF's needs?
Of course they do.
Do you really think that the good idea for AF will be to replace CRJ/ERJ by a MAX10 or an A321NEO ?
Lots of domestics routes can't handle large aircrafts such as CFR-LYS, BVE-ORY, … and there are many others. Those routes are typically operated by 50/70 seats aircrafts.
There is no way those routes can be upgraded to MAX10/321NEO.
But nor can a 50/70 seat RJ be replaced by a 100+ (116 in "typical seating" per Airbus website) seat A221 either. Just because Airbus has a nice new hammer, not everything is a nail.
Certainly the aging AF A319s are an obvious target, but the HOP! fleet? nah.
I was wondering if some kind of consolidation of Hop with KLM Cityhopper would by feasible? CR7's could be replaced by E(2)-175, CRK's by E2-195. And rename it to Air France Cityhopper perhaps
AF/KLM group could consist of:
Air France (mainline)
Transavia (LCC, French and Netherlands bases) 737 aircraft only
Cityhopper (regional, French and Netherlands bases) E-jets only.
Not ruling out the A223, it could have a place at AF mainline as A319 replacement. A221 wouldn't really be necessary IMO.
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