ATR-72-600 = 23 Million = 74 PAX
CRJ-700NG = 37 Million = 75 PAX
Difference = 14 Million
And 14 Millions is a lot-lot of money! Then, on sectors up to 800 km (and there are a lot of them, at least in Europe) the difference in flight duration is what? 20? maximum 30? minutes? And the question, why there are no more carriers using turboprops instead of regional jets? The price, as we see, is a clear factor, but fuel and maintenance also. And, on the other part of the equation, experience has showed (think Ryanair, the most conspicuous case) that people are willing to give up a little/some/... comfort in exchange of saving money. Pure turboprop operators with low fares should be blockbusters (at least in Europe), but the reality is that this is not happening. What I am missing here?
I thought it was an interesting enough question to post a new thread with his original post.