I get why turboprops aren't popular among passengers, but for flight under 300 miles, who cares? I wonder if we'll see a return of them once the 50-seaters start to age out.
At one point, smaller communities that cannot fill a 70-seater at lower frequencies will have to face the obvious choice: fly on a turboprop, or have no air service at all. What will they choose?
The reality of it is, you're going to run out of pilots to fly the 50 seat airplanes long before the CR2/145 are totally in the boneyard.
There is a LOT of truth to this statement...
the putative advantage of the MRJ70 is that it will either match or come close to the efficiency of a 50-seater, but seat 20 more passengers. The MRJ70 currently meets all scope requirements.
Indeed, the MRJ70 gives you a free 20 seat bonus at equal or better operating costs, which is a big improvement. Over time however, airlines will want to fill those 20 seats profitably, so in the mid term, the market will have to support 70 seats, at reduced frequency if needed.