sldispatcher wrote:codc10 wrote:sldispatcher wrote:Is there any indication that the CRJ550 program is going to continue expanding? It is bound to be very customer positive. Have had 2 legs on the bird and it gets two big thumbs up.
There is an agreement in place for GoJet to operate 74 CR5, and at year-end there were only 38 converted and available for service. As far as I know, all 74 will eventually be converted, but UAL will not grow the program beyond that. Initially, the favorable customer response led to some optimism about bringing another operator into the fold, and expanding the concept to the West Coast, but post-pandemic United is now looking to get out of the 50-seater market over time. In the interim, the CRJs (Air Whisky/Skywest) and ERJs (CommutAir) are cheaper and more flexible to reintroduce, but this is not a permanent solution.
I think the scope clause may have the final say on how many CRJ550s wind up flying around.
While this is true in a literal sense, the CRJ-550s are 50-seaters, and fall within the gross weight category of the CR2/ERJ under the terms of the United Pilot Agreement. As presently composed, that puts a cap on 50-seat RJs at 90% of the number of mainline aircraft in the fleet, and we are nowhere near that.