qf2220 wrote:Kent350787 wrote:tullamarine wrote:Apart from fuel burn of the larger ATR72, it would also require an additional flight attendant for every flight whereas ATR42 supports a single F/A. REX's route structure is too marginal to support this sudden growth so an ATR72 is not really an option.
Fair point, but pre-COVID there were almost 4 times as many 72s as 42s in use. Although a couple of airlines had chosen the 42 to replace SAABs, Rex has been a lease em cheap and run em hard airline. New order 42s just don't seem to fit with its business model unless the price is really good.
No, the REX fleet strategy (which is what youre talking about, not business model*) has been SAAB340, SAAB340 or SAAB340. Their last few aquisitions have been of SAAB340Bs, or parts for them.
*Their business model is about regional connectivity, which drives fleet strategy but isnt the sole determinant.
Indeed, im surprised REX hasnt toyed with Saab 2000s over the years for the longer / denser routes