By Andrea Willige
Back in the 1990s, the rise of regional jets redefined the airline and travel industries. The ability to economically and technologically serve short routes linked small or remote communities and gave the people living there – a huge swath of the population – access to the broader aviation network across the globe. But since then, long-haul flights have led the way, becoming the focus for the majority of new developments in new passenger experiences. As a result, regional aviation has fallen behind.
Today, as the number of consumers relying on regional routes grows throughout the world, the sector faces a fundamental question: How will aircraft meet this demand while delivering a flying experience that the modern traveler expects?