Like most airlines, ASA averages around 5.5 crews per aircraft. That includes management and training pilots, the number of which grow with additional aircraft as well.
We were not told the reason for the aircraft delays. Apparently ASA was trying to get additional options filled for the 700's. Two rumors are going around 1) Could not get the financing lined up 2) continued production delays at Bombardier.
Brian Morris mentioned nothing about scope - good news given everything ALPA is doing to try to put a lid on ASA's expansion.
My understanding is that Bombardier is having serious production problems right now. The -700 is filled with gremlins that they have yet to work out. We are constantly having problems with them and they seem to sit over at the TOC more than they fly. Also, I was speaking to a line Captain who had just flown our newest -200. Apparently it has a lot of little gremlins and shoddy workmanship as well.
So, my guess is that they are still hurting from the strike, and trying to get a handle on production. I believe I heard the same from some Comair guys as well.
Just for reference, we have gotten -700 ships 701, 702, 703, and 705. 704 is rumored to have been rejected by our company as it was a strike A/C and poorly built. Been told that SkyWest has also had the same problem.