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April 24, 2024
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Implications of rising CRJ Op costs
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Every reader is aware of the pressures US regional airlines are under.  An aspect that warrants more attention is the fleet situation. The former Bombardier CRJ is now a Mitsubishi product.  Mitsubishi, through its MHIRJ organization, is supporting this fleet and investing in MRO facilities to achieve this.  Even so, CRJ Op costs are starting to climb. 

The only new build regional jet is the Embraer E-175. This places regional airlines in an ever-growing cost bind.  The CRJ is costing more to operate and the “natural” replacement is essentially a monopoly with little incentive to price sharply.  Through in much better pilot salaries at regionals and you have wafer thin margins getting thinner.

Every reader is aware of the pressures US regional airlines are under.  An aspect that warrants more attention is the fleet situation. The former Bombardier CRJ is now a Mitsubishi product.  Mitsubishi, through its MHIRJ organization, is supporting this fleet and investing in MRO facilities to achieve this.  Even so, CRJ Op costs are starting to climb. 


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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.