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Embraer considers developing a 70-seat turboprop aircraft to compete with ATRBrazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer considers launching a turboprop aircraft program through the new joint venture established with its North American partner Boeing. (airlinerwatch.com) More...
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As a flight attendant for a regional airline, I didn't care. The Jetstream 41 paid me the same as the EMB145. A lot of my flights would have been better served with a 30 seat turboprop than a 50 seat jet. We did take a lot of mail though.
Bring back the lockheed Electra. With today's wing designs and improved propellers, this would be an aircraft that has it all. I still remember the the take off accelerations of the Electras when I was flying on PSA flights between SFO and LAX. MAN, that was REAL power. An American Air Lines flight engineer told me that an empty training flight departure was frequently made in "flight Idle" to show the trainee how much power was still available. Lockheed should still be making commercial aircraft.
Love my L188
That should be interesting.
If they go ahead they won't just have to compete with the ATR, they will be competing with a new and rejuvenated Q400 rising like a phoenix from the ashes of Bombardier! The Q400's new owner De Havilland Canada have plans for new variants of the Q400 including shrinks and stretches. Under Bombardier the Q400 was neglected for many years as there was no money for developing the platform as Bombardier was tapped out on the C-Series and Global programs. De Havillands parent company, Longview Partners have very deep pockets (owned by Canada's wealthiest woman) and they didn't buy the program to see it languish. In a vote of confidence the new company received orders for 23 Q400's at the recent Dubai Airshow so its future looks promising!