The Soft CRJ Backlog - CRJ Production to be Slowing Down
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(according to sources the CRJ production rate will be going down starting June 2018 from one aircraft per 10 days to one aircraft per 15 days, from 36 aircraft per year to 24 aircraft per year - Sylvain Faust)
March 29, 2018 - AirInsight
- The industry has several fleets that are aging, highlighted in yellow. We suggest that each of the highlighted cells represents an ongoing campaign for Bombardier and Embraer.
Bombardier is facing a soft backlog for their CRJ line. This backlog news isn't new. The CRJ line is about to add a new interior and customers have been waiting to see it.
Consequently, Bombardier has been looking at different scenarios to adjust its labor resources. This is required by Canadian law; unions and contractors must be notified. A temporary rate reduction to adjust with orders is possible, but not expected before June.
In the meantime, there are ongoing campaigns. There have been slow orders for the CRJ, but investing in a new interior which is what airlines want. Bombardier shared that they hope to be able to announce a launch customer for the Atmosphère cabin soon.
The market for regional aircraft remains USA-focused. As RAA Chair Bryan Bedford noted in his 2017 address "(regional airlines) operate 42% of all scheduled departures in the United States." A decade ago the average regional in US service seated 50 and now the average is 62. There were about 1,660 regional jets in service in the US at year end 2017. As this chart from the RAA illustrates upsizing worked for the big airlines. But even regionals have seen their own upsizing effect.
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