So I'm trying to decide what I should replace the aging DC-9 with. The choices are 736/737, A319, 717, Embraer 170STD, CRJ700, Q400.
Granted the Embraer and CRJ will only carry 78 passengers in a tight config, I'm still wondering if the savings in fuel alone
will be worth giving up the extra seats. At 1500kg/hr it's nearly 2000 kg/hr less than the DC-9, 700kg/hr less than the A319 and almost 1000 less than the 737-600. Some of the legs aren't all that long, so I would benefit from the shorter turn-around times.
(Although the 170 and CRJ700 isn't out till 2002 and 2003)
The Q400 is a viable option with its 78 seats and a VERY low fuel burn. But I'm worried it'll be too slow on the 500+ NM flights.
I saw this picture on this forum saying something like, "CRJ - Go bankrupt in style" or something along those lines....
Getting the 737s or A319 would definitely help on the fleet commonality in the future.