After flying the Il-18, I am pretty sure there is a great market for something in the size of an Il-18, with options of going a bit bigger and a bit smaller. 2+3 (maybe 3+3) cabin comes to mind. And besides, the comfort on the Il-18 was great, and the plane was not loud at all inside. So I think that on shorter distances (basically all off Europe) the atvantages of a 2 engined 100 seat turboprop would be an argument for it. But I don't see it being a streech of an existing model, not of the ATR nor the Dashs... And as we know, speed is never an argument over economy, or we would have seen more CV880 CV990 ies.
From a plane point of view, the Il-18 is not even bad in terms of todays requirements. It could even do runs up to 6500km and has a quite good performance. And we're talking about a 50's design, just imagine what we can do today. Any aircraft in this category could substitute any Fokker 70/100, classic 733/5 and even the smaller new gens. And I am sure 95% of the flying public would not see a difference between a turboprop and a jet aircraft, espesially if the fares are less...
flown on: TU3,TU5,T20,IL8,IL6,ILW,IL9,I14,YK4,YK2,AN2,AN4,A26,A28,A38,A40,A81,SU9,L4T,L11,D1C,M11,M80,M87,