Turboprop: Q400 vs ATR72
The Flying Engineer
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It's time for another A vs. B comparison. This time around though, it isn't between Airbus and Boeing, but the world's two most popular regional turboprop aircraft, the ATR-72 and the Bombardier Q400.
The Q400 is Bombardier's answer for a regional turboprop that replaces a jet, while behaving like a jet and yet, significantly reducing aircraft noise and fuel consumption.
The Q400 and the ATR 72 aircraft are both twin engine, turbo prop aircraft capable of carrying around 70 passengers. Both aircraft have a high wing, with six bladed propellers attached to Pratt & Whitney engines on the wing. Both sport a "T" tail, and four abreast seating. The -600 variant of the ATR 72 features a full glass cockpit, much like that on the Q400. This is where the similarities end...