US low-fare carrier ATA Airlines is considering the acquisition of 100-seat aircraft from either Boeing or Embraer.

Although no formal discussions have begun, the airline says the Boeing 717 or Embraer 190 could complement its existing fleet of 737s and 757s. The addition could allow the airline's 757-200s and-300s to be moved to higher capacity or longer-haul routes.

"Operating a fleet of 100-seat aircraft would provide a cost-effective and flexible means of expansion for ATA, while improving unit revenues," says chief executive George Mikelsons.

The carrier will require union ratification of new labour pay rates before formally approaching the manufacturers. This, however, could be a formality for the Indianapolis, Indiana-based low-cost and charter operator as the airline's union has indicated that it will be supportive of the plans.



Source: Flight International