The market for 30/60-seat regional jets is "reaching maturity," but 50-seat RJs will remain the backbone of the US fleet, according to Rolls-Royce Senior VP-AE Business Joe Dunne. Rolls manufactures the AE3007 engine that powers the Embraer 135/140/145 family of RJs. Speaking to reporters in Indianapolis last week, Dunne said soaring fuel prices and collapsing yields since 9/11 have transformed 50-seat RJs from "cash machine[s] to breakeven machines" in the US, where the vast majority of ...

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