Interesting development with Alliance picking up some QF flying with E190. Wonder if they will be QF branded? Shows the 717 is a good fit capacity wise, but probably struggles on range. I suspect we won’t see QF replace the 717s but perhaps see Cobham, national jet or Alliance pick up more E190s for the contract.https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media ... city-deal/
Not sure I fully agree with your observation re the 717. The E190 has 16 fewer seats than the 717, and will be replacing 737s on routes that fall well within the range of the 717. IMHO this is a case of Qantas needed more ‘small’ planes and Alliance had them ready to go, rather than choosing the E190 to fill some gap that the 717 could not.
Two things I find interesting: (1) Qantas have the flexibility to flex up and down - seemingly at will - between 3-14 frames, and (2) Qantas Groups pilots will be able to fly the E190 at QQ while stood down. The former is an exceptionally generous contract, the latter is obviously a great opportunity for QF and JQ pilots.
Edit: Assuming that Wikipedia is accurate, the 717 has more range than the E190 (2,648nm v 2,450nm) but the E190 can carry more payload (13,000kg v 12,000kg). Both would have certain route profiles where each is superior to the other, but overall capability is close enough to be petty evenly matched.