|Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 2):|
Well that sucks. I think this will turn away a lot of customers
|Quoting A342 (Reply 3):|
I don't think so. ATR customers mainly fly the aircraft on short hops where speed isn't overly important. But in return, you get better fuel economy, and that's why ATR is doing that well.
|Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 4):|
I'm currently flying the 145 on stages such as ORD-MLI/SBN/MKE, STL-SPI/SGF/DSM/CID. A prop would be just as fast on those routes (in fact, nobody in the company has been able to beat the 8 minutes SPI-STL that the J-41 did back in the day) yet we're still flying the jet at the cost of a ton of fuel.
|Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 5):|
That's why I wonder why US carriers (yes, they pretty much dicate what goes on with regionals) pretty much tossed the turbo-prop and we now have Delta running the CRJ on ATL-MCN! That's ridicoulous.
|Quoting A342 (Reply 6):|
Well, back in the nineties, fuel was extremely cheap, compared to the level nowadays. So some smart folks decided to throw jets at such routes, just for the sake of the jet-mania.
|Quoting Arrow (Reply 7):|
There are lots of signs it's turning around. Both ATR and Bombardier are scoring sales of their top-line turboprops, bought by airlines who understand the economics.
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