I was wondering what i should use to replace my fleet of DC-9s. Their leases expire in about a year so I am hoping to find a replacement sometime soon. I was thinking of the B717 and the F100 but the F100 is so full of orders that i won't be getting one for quite some time. The 717 has greater range which definitely appeals to me for use on long thin routes, but it won't be available until late 1999. The 717 is also a little more fuel-efficient, although, I'm not sure how much it matters because the difference is not very much. I've also been thinking about the BAe RJ-100. The range isn't as good as the 717 or the f100 but it would probably work, as i could put a different plane on a long-thin route. It is also slightly less efficient than the 717, but again I'm not sure how much it matters. But perhaps the most important thing is i could get the rj100 in just a matter of months. But I'm not really sure what i should do, wait for the 717 or bite the bullet and get some RJ's. Engine manufacturer doesn't play a big role in my decision ans all my current planes have PW or IAE's, but i think that i would rather have RR's than Honeywells for the sake of commonality later down the road.
Any advice is appreciated, Thanks!