Economics, Technology Combining To Reinvigorate Turboprops
By Jim Mathews
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
At this stage what's missing is the investment commitment, and the two leaders—Bombardier and ATR—have other calls on their wallets right now. Bombardier is wrestling with the CSeries, and ATR, while asking its two big shareholders for the go-ahead, is getting signals from EADS that they may want to wait a bit. That's not surprising, given spending on A320NEO and A350. But with about two-thirds of the market for the next 10 years, ATR's moves will signal the rest of the industry about how real the large-turboprop opportunity is after 2020 or so. Rivals, engine-makers and airlines are listening closely.