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When Are Props More Profitable Than Jets?  
User currently offlinec5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

Is it based on distance? Would a 70 seat prop (filled up) on a 200nm route be more profitable than a 70 seat CRJ? Are there regions that props simply make more sense than jets?


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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 79
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3176 times:

Quoting c5load (Thread starter):

Is it based on distance? Would a 70 seat prop (filled up) on a 200nm route be more profitable than a 70 seat CRJ?

It's based on time...an equivalent-technology prop is always cheaper than the same sized jet on a per mile basis because 1) the engines are more efficient and 2) they fly slower, so drag is lower, so the engines don't need to run as hard.

However, some costs (crew, some maintenance, aircraft utilization) are time-based, and the prop is slower so takes more time. Above a certain time threshold, the jet becomes more economical overall. The balance point moves with the price of fuel, which is why RJ's were wildly popular in the late 90's when gas was (relatively) cheap but are having a tougher go of it now.

Tom.


User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

Conventional wisdom is that turboprops match jets in the 300-400 nm range. Jets barely get to optimal cruise height until then.


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User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

When they're sitting still? One is not losing as much money as the other?         

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