It’s not breaking news, nor is it a new problem; however the Jet Charter world and aircraft manufacturer market has been faced with the same dilemma since the 1980’s.

“For the mid-capacity contracts, how can we secure an aircraft that’s not so big it becomes too expensive for the customer, but not so small that it doesn't provide what’s needed?”

A study conducted back in 1986 by a leading aviation forecaster deliberated the future of 50-seat “regional” jet airliners and came to the conclusion that due to comparable running costs against potential profit per seat, these types of aircraft have little or nothing to offer the bigger players such as Boeing and Airbus in the manufacturing industry. The result of this has been that over the past 30 years there has been very little development of aircraft to fill this very real gap.

While Airbus and Boeing capitalise on producing jet aircraft that seat 150-800 people the “Gap of the trip for 50” has been a real challenge for brokers.

Over the past year we have had requests land in our inbox ranging from tour operators or blue-chip companies that want to put on a corporate day to football teams wanting to fly a European Tour. These trips range from domestic locations to mid-Europe making the larger jet aircraft far too expensive due to fuel burn rates being so costly.

So can corporate days, football teams and tour operators charter a cost efficient aircraft?

In short, yes. However sourcing these aircraft take a bit of planning and research…

So what are the options?

While not readily available across all locations we have compiled what we consider the best aircraft to fill this gap. Below we compare eight aircraft that have been designed with this market in mind.

Bottom end capacity

zVariant

BAe 146-200 Series

 De Havilland DHC-8 D                           

Seating capacity  

82 – 112 passengers

 37 passengers

Range

2,909km

925 - 1,098nm

Cruise Speed

432kts

290kts

Service Ceiling

31,000ft

25,000ft

 

Mid-range capacity

Variant

CRJ700

CRJ705

CRJ900

CRJ1000

Seating capacity

78 (1-class, maximum)
70 (1-class, typical)
66 (2-class, typical)

86 (1-class, maximum)
82 (1-class, typical)
75 (2-class, typical)

90 (1-class, maximum)
88 (1-class, typical)
79 (2-class, typical)

104 (1-class, maximum)
100 (1-class, typical)
/93 (2-class, typical)

Range

2,656 km

3,635 km

2,376 km

1,798 km

Cruise Speed

447kts

447kts

458kts

446kts

Service Ceiling

41,000ft

41,000ft

41,000ft

41,000ft

 

Upper Capacity

Variant

Fokker 100

Embraer 170/190

Embraer 175

Seating capacity

122 (1-class, maximum)
107 (1-class, typical)
97 (2-class, typical)

122 (1-class, maximum)
107 (1-class, typical)
97 (2-class, typical)

88 (1-class, 30 in pitch)
86 (1-class, 31 in)
78 (1-class, 32 in)
78 (2-class, standard)

Range

2,450 km

2,450 km

3,334 km

Cruise Speed

456kts

456kts

481 kts

Service Ceiling

35,000ft

35,000ft

41,000ft

 

Further details can be seen on our ACMI & Commercial Airliner Charter and Aircraft Guide pages or if you would like to discuss charter arrangements in more details please contact us.