Bryan From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (16 years 3 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3256 times:
Which series of regional airliners do you like the best overall? The ATR 42/72 series or the Fokker Freindship/F.50?
Personally I like the Fokker Friendship/F.50 series, in fact the F.50 is my favourite AIRCRAFT of any type.
I like the Fokker planes because off their great quality and durability.
What's your oppinion?
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 3 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3259 times:
I like the ATR more as in the window seat under the wing you can tell the flap position. And it looks really neat. I like them in AE colors the most. But I think it would look great in Virgin colors.
Rachel From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3257 times:
I really like the F-27 but I don't like the look of it as much as the ATR-42. I know that the F-27 is tried and true but it look's kinda like you could snap off the landing gear. Where as the ATR-42 looks more stable to me but I guess I won't know until I take a test flight.
jkgo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (16 years 3 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3259 times:
The Fokker 50 is an excellent plane. It is based on a tried and tested airframe, the F-27, stretched to accommodate more passengers and modernized with newer engines and advanced avionics. I like the advanced engine controls which allow the pilots to set takeoff, flex, climb and cruise power by pushing on a few buttons in the center of the instrument panel.
The pilots who fly the plane for a living have nothing but praises for it. Passengers also feel it is a comfortable plane. So why did the ATRs outsell the Fokkers by a wide margin? That's because the ATR has a very lightweight airframe. The Fokker is built like a tank, yes, but the airlines have to pay higher takeoff and landing fees which are always based on gross weight. I guess a lot goes to the long gear legs of the F-50. The ATR has shorter, lighter gear which rest inside sponsons along the fuselage sides.
In the end, airlines felt that they could make more money on the lower operating costs of the ATRs.