tullamarine wrote:Fuling wrote:What's everyones opinion on a possible EMB-120 replacement for Airnorth? Those birds are over 33 years old, with the oldest at 37 (???) with no public info on what they are planning yet. The shortest runway they operate into would be Milingimbi at around 1300m long. Although it's a 62% jump in capacity (18 more seats) over the EMB-120, is the ATR42 the obvious pick?
There is no obvious replacement. It is the same problem that REX will have when it eventually admits that it needs to replace its SAABs. SAAB and Embraer no longer produce anything this small and the smaller Dash 8s are also no longer produced which means the ATS42 is the obvious candidate even if, as you admit, it is actually not a one-for-one replacement either.
Are we somewhat unique in Australia to have routes that need aircraft of that size where the rest of the world doesnt? Im trying to understand why globally none of the manufacturers are making planes of that size anymore.