|Quoting Toxtethogrady (Reply 65):|
Also, CO needs to find a way to add some 70 and 90-seaters to the fleet. Too bad they're unwilling to cut a deal with their pilots to make it happen.
With labor negotiations commencing with Continental's pilot union, I am sure the topic of 70 and 90-seaters will come up. The large regional jet is a glaring hole in Continental's fleet plan, with capacity jumping from 50-seat RJs to 114-seat 737-500s. While the Dash 8-Q400s is a stop-gap measure, this problem is going to be enlarged as the 735s are slowly exited from the fleet. In my mind, a 70-90 seat aircraft is critical to Continental's long-term strategic plan as the debacle that is Newark is restricting future growth. In order to continue growing EWR
, Newark RJ
flying needs to be transitioned over to larger aircraft (70-90 seat) in order to continue providing the feed for the international flights while still operating within Newark's capacity constraints. The Q400s will assist in this role, and while I love the Q400s, they can only fill this role on the shorter range flights.
My projection is that the pilot's will score a lucrative contract with sizeable pay increases (are pilot's deserving of the pay they receive?), however will have to give up scope limitations in return. If this were to occur, this would most definately pave the way for 70-90 seaters, with Continental most likely flying Embraer 170-195s by 2010.