Sure it does. The contract says a weight and Embraer as many have stated just thought pilots would be giving concessions and wouldn’t care. Does it not increase the range of the A/C? As I said if the TO weight is increased it is most likely an increased range. With regionals already doing 1000nm+ flights, where does it stop? It’s replacing mainline A/C flying the same route, that’s the problem. It hurts career progression and pay.
Thank you for your posts from a Pilot's perspective.
The 175-E2 seats from 80 to 88 seats... it's way too big for the Scope role. It's MTOW is 12k lbs too much.
What if weight were relaxed just a little, but hard limits were put on range. Airlines can fly the plane, but no routes over 1600km
(about 850nm)? That way it stays a 'regional' aircraft.
A modified E175-E2 could be shortened a little (none are selling anyway, so why not revisit it) to still yield 76 single class pax at 31" pitch. (Maybe it could go one row of J 4*36 and Y 18*31 for 76pax to keep a little premium seating.) Call it an Embraer 170-E2.
Cut fuel capacity (halve the fuel weight by 9400lbs) to cut additonal weight which also cuts range (around 1800km). Gets you to 89,4k MTOW. The shortened frame could cut some weight, but not the 3.4k lbs needed. (Although with the E1 family the weight between 170 and 175 was 3.9k lbs.). So you might not be able to get to 86K MTOW, but you'd cut off it's legs enough from a range perspective so that it wouldn't quite be the same threat to Mainline from a Pilot's standpoint.
Would airlines buy it? Sure this proposed E170-E2, would probably have similar trip costs (fuel) as the E175-E2, but no matter as you can't use the extra range/capacity of the 175-E2 anyway in a regional scenario.
The step-up from the E170E1/E175E1/E170E2 to 175E2/190/195 would be huge
... You'd truly be moving from Regional to MainLine flying. Airlines that had both planes could benefit from a lot of commonality, but once they wanted to fly just a little bit further.... they step up capacity significantly... and pilot pay significantly. It would give pilots a career path right in the same family of planes....
How many present CRJ700/CRJ900/E170-E1/E175-E1 routes are over 1600km?
Those would either continue to fly old metal, or upgrade to Mainline (175E2/190E2/195Es).
So sure, no one would buy the E175-E2 in my scenario... which is no great loss as they aren't buying it anyway.
All of this said, if it were as easy as I've stated and as acceptable to airlines as I've stated.. Embraer would have just done it already.
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