posted on Nov, 11 2015 @ 05:25 AM
Looks like an Embraer E-jet (170, etc.). The RJ market in the US is one of the wonkiest segments of commercial aviation. The tidal ebb and flow of
demand is gigantic. The major airlines can't decide if they want to be in this market or not. The versatility of the 70 seat RJ's is without
question, but the way they use them (their feeder partners) has to be one of the craziest business models in the business. The commercial risk must
be insane (for their partners).
UA, DL and AA use them to establish soft markets then drop them like a hot rock in favor of heavy jets when demand picks up. F9 is a classic example;
at one point about 8 years ago fully 40% of F9 flight operations at DEN were using RJ's. Then, practically overnight, they were replaced with A318
and 319's. Then F9 bit the dust only to be acquired by YX (their RJ partner to begin with). I personally know a whole bunch of people who ate a gob
of Rolaids over that whole deal.