British Aerospace Regional Aircraft will launch its new 100-seater RJX airliner if it finds just one major customer.
BAe defines this as a contract for around 20 aircraft – near to its current annual output of 18 RJs, the aircraft from which the RJX is derived.
The company has also just completed the preliminary design review of the RJX’s integrated powerplant system. This is the AlliedSignal AS977 turbofan, four of which will power the new airliner more efficiently than the RJ, but will cost $100m to develop.
BAe said the low number of RJ aircraft it builds is due to its policy of only supplying aircraft for cash. It does not consider lease financing or loans.