The regional jet market continues to live in the shadow of the mainline aircraft segment. However changes are taking place that seem to be redefining both the single-aisle mainline segment and the regional jet segment. Typically thought of as the sub-100 seat segment, regional jets are starting to cross this barrier.   Looking back, we’ve seen the 19-seat aircraft disappear, then 34-seat aircraft disappear, now the 50-seaters are disappearing. What constitutes a regional jet nowadays?

Last week we discussed the implications of the higher seating capacity being added to single-aisle aircraft by Airbus and Boeing. It appears that the two big OEMs are moving their focus upward in capacity terms. Does this leave the sub-150 seat market with a gap? Does it look like regional jets can move into this space?

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