I noticed that there have been periodic discussions on whether Boeing would enter the regional jet market. Below is an excerpt from an official Boeing press release.
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September 14, 2006
Boeing is weighing options for replacing its best-selling 737 and one scenario might include separate aircraft for two markets, the company’s senior marketing official said.
Boeing currently does not manufacture a regional jet, a market dominated by Canada’s Bombardier and Brazil’s Embraer. Boeing would also compete with any changes by Europe’s Airbus, which now makes the A320 to compete with the 737.
Baseler said Boeing first must determine whether it should replace the 737 – one for one – with another one-class single-aisle aircraft. He said the company is studying the 80 and 90-seat market and what regional jet manufacturers are planning for 100-seat aircraft.
“It could end up being it doesn’t make any sense for us being in the 90 or 100-seat market,” Baseler said.