You like the ATR? You like a plane that de-ices it wings by pnuematic boots? That thanks to poor French design caused deaths due to the fact that ice was still able to build up on the wing? Or does everyone forget when every ATR was grounded in 1994. Give me a break, this is 2004, there is no reason on God's green earth we should flying prop jobs.
I for one don't really care RJ
vs Turboprop on segments up to one hour. I will choose my flight based on other factors than prop vs fan. Count yourself lucky if you even have the choice, alot of places do not. There are lots of reasons to be flying on props. Turboprops have a smaller noise footprint, are more efficient on short stages, and in some cases are actually FASTER on short stages.
What does the fact the ATR uses de-icing boots have to do with anything? Sorry to say most props (dating back to pre WW2) and even a few jets use boots. Also, the ATR was grounded yes, but it's flying now, and has redesigned deicing boots which prevent the ice ridge formations that caused Roselawn. ATRs are even flying in the Arctic now, with First Air, and seem to be fairly trouble free doing so. The DC-10 was grounded, the MD
-80, 727 and 737 very nearly grounded... i don't see the relevance of it being grounded?
Anyways, good for US getting some CRJ-700s in service. Hopefully it will help the bottom line!
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.