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When Are Props More Profitable Than Jets?

Sat May 28, 2011 4:34 pm

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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RE: When Are Props More Profitable Than Jets?

Sat May 28, 2011 8:06 pm

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.

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RE: When Are Props More Profitable Than Jets?

Sun May 29, 2011 7:18 pm

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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RE: When Are Props More Profitable Than Jets?

Mon May 30, 2011 4:03 pm

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