New E-Jet Family Versus Smaller CSeries

By Graham Warwick, Cathy Buyck, Joseph C. Anselmo
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

Most scope clauses limit MTOW to 86,000 lb.—the E175-E2 weighs in at 97,731 lb. and the MRJ90-LR ordered by SkyWest at 94,358 lb. Kraupp says SkyWest has “sought the protections we believed were necessary to address the issue,” without specifying details. But certifying the MRJ to the lower limits of individual agreements will be a “paperwork exercise,” says Mitsubishi Aircraft head of marketing Yugo Fukuhara.

“This is an open item and we will have to see how things develop with scope clauses over the next four years,” Kraupp adds. Embraer says higher weights are typical for newer-generation aircraft because of heavier new-technology engines, but “believes that major carriers in North America will be able to negotiate new contracts with their pilot unions to allow them to operate higher-weight, but much more economical, aircraft in their fleets.”

Bombardier, meanwhile, did not add to its 177-aircraft firm-order backlog at Paris, but it did reveal U.K.-based Odyssey Airlines as a previously undisclosed customer for 10 CS100s ordered in 2011. The airline plans to operate a premium service from airports such as London City, using the short-runway performance and long range of the CS100, says CEO Adam Scott.

With Andrew Compart in Washington.

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