vhtje wrote:Are the comments in this thread about cost structure of operating the 717 US-centric? QF (Operated by National Jet) seem happy with their 20 aircraft. Is QF the exception?
The cost structure is simply not that bad (in fact possibly quite good) since nearly every major 717 operator tried to get Boeing to restart production at some point and the Boeing CEO of the time is on record as saying it was too expensive to restart.
Qantas ended up with them by accident and ordered more in short order.
Internal surveys at Qantas the better part of a decade ago had the type as having the highest passenger satisfaction of the domestic fleet (this was before they had business class in them so probably just amongst economy passengers). The economics must have worked out, because as I said they ordered more of them. That said, they were replacing Bae-146s which were 4-engined so would have been odd for the 717 to not be more efficient.
The picture has to have changed somewhat since they have not acquired any of the many used frames that have recently been put out to pasture. I would expect Qantas to keep them as long as possible though as there’s no clear replacement. Maybe they move entirely to contracting out to Alliance or whomever for a lot of their regional operations.
AirTran I think was also clamouring for more, and they’re very important for Hawaiian.