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Bombardier, Embraer careful to 'mind the gap'.(Regional News)

Regional jet manufacturers Bombardier and Embraer have made their intentions clear: Both will continue to focus primarily on marketing and development of aircraft in the 60/100-seat range, eschewing smaller or larger models.

At the Regional Airline Assn. conference in Dallas, Bombardier VP-Marketing and Communications Trung Ngo noted that rising fuel costs, renegotiated labor contracts and the success of low-cost carriers have helped drive the market for larger regional aircraft. "Airlines are adjusting to a new norm," he said, "[but] they seem to draw the line at 100 seats." Bombardier has 372 firm orders for CRJ700s/CRJ900s and continues to explore a dash 900X as well as a larger derivative of the Q400 turboprop. …

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