No New Turboprop From Embraer (Boeing) For Now
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May 28, 2019 - by Scott Hamilton for leehamnews.com
The ATR and Q400 are aging designs but remain the most cost-effective solution in a small market.
Twenty-year demand forecasts see a market of 2,500 airplanes or less. This, and low fuel prices, make it difficult to produce a new generation turboprop at a price airlines find attractive.
Embraer's studies revolve around a two-member family of 70 and 90 seats. Pratt & Whitney and GE Aviation have been developing a new generation engine for years.
Slattery said Embraer hasn't closed the business case for developing a new turboprop.