MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8475 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week ago) and read 804 times:
The jet engines weigh a lot more than the turboprops, and the structure is beefed up to take the extra weight. If you really wanted to, you could probably do it, but it'd make much more economic sense to order one from the factory. I haven't heard anything about the ATR.
Flying-tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4137 posts, RR: 38 Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 796 times:
Not long ago they discussed the AIR JET againg but as you posted they think that there will be enough demand for the ATR 42/72 what I don´t completely believe. Also you would be a fool to start another 70-seater, currently there are the CRJ700, the ERJ-170, the 728JET and the Avro RJ70, 4 new (except the last) designs all looking for orders. THIS market is very crowded.