I have been, virtually for 3 days now, pondering whether to get CRJs or E-Jets for some thin but very perspective routes.
If I was to go by real-world article, reviews, and even economies of those planes in question, there is no doubt I would go for E-Jets.
I would need a 100-seater and 70-seater, so to speak. They would be configured in very premium config and subsequent higher prices, to offset the "long thin routes" factor.
In AS tool any way I look on it, using ATE, and even doing extensive spreadsheet calculations, CRJ comes ahead of E-Jets here.
CRK (CRJ1000) has much better per-seat economics than either E190 or E195. Depending on a flight, the difference is 1000 or more AS$ per flight between CRK and E195 (I left E190 mainly out of comparison as the per-trip cost between E190 and E195 is negligible, roughly 200-300 AS$).
While CRK has less seats, AND better economics, E195 has more seats and comes on top in overall revenue. Now if a route can get filled with one E195 there would be no question to go for E195. But maybe there will be multiple frequencies... maybe 3 en CRK can get filled up but 3 on E195 will not get filled up, but doing only 2 on E195 would leave demand unsatisfied.
Then there is a 70-seater issue. CRJ700 comes ahead of E175 by a mile in economics, while holding exactly the same number of seats in my desired config. But there's a catch ... ATE always gives more per-week flights to CRJ700 than to E175, because CRJ700 is faster. This affects maintenance, lease, and staff calculation (more flights means less cost per flight)... I guess ATE uses near-100% maintenance ratio for evaluation, and sometimes maintenance ratio is between 120-200% when some longer flights are included. So if I recalculate CRJ700 ATE values using E175 quantity of flights instead of CRJ700 quantity of flights, the economics of CRJ700 and E75 are "roughly" the same (the difference of 200-300 AS$per flight is still in favor of CRJ700).
So for 70-seater, it's a tie between CRJ700 and E175 and I would basically be indifferent between the two types, economically speaking.
That brings the ball back to the 100-seater ... CRK or E195 ... I am completely undecided. E195 might be too big for some routes, but if I just compare CRK and E190, then CRK comes ahead no questions asked. But CRK and E195 is different, as I said while economics per-seat for E195 is a bit worse, it can make more profit than CRK if filled.
So guys, what is your in-game experience with CRJs and E-Jets? Which one would you go for?
CRK/CR7 or E195/E175 combination?