Market Presence. The demand for the CRJ700 has been notable with 336 ordered as of the end of 2015. There has been only one aircraft parted out though there are some ten in storage. Skywest operates a third of the fleet and more than 80 percent of the fleet reside in the U.S. The demand for the 70 seats was proven with the F28, the BAe146-100 and the Fokker 70 but the CRJ700 brought new operating economics. While the concentration with US customers is of particular concern, the number of orders for the type represents a credible achievement in view of its variant status. The move away from the 50 seat regional jets has been in evidence for some years and the 70 seat CRJ700 has displaced the smaller type. As a derivative of the CRJ200, the CRJ700 retains the long thin tube effect which is not always welcomed by passengers. The advances made with the NextGen version sought to enhance the passenger experience, thereby providing an alternative to the ERJ170.
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