The revival of the turboprop in the USA is gathering momentum, with Frontier Airlines placing a firm order for 10 Bombardier Q400s, and options on 10 more. The move comes as part of a regional operations review that may also end the carrier's 12-year relationship with Horizon Air, writes Darren Shannon.

The Denver-based airline's turboprop fleet will be operated in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region by an unnamed subsidiary under a new operating certificate, says the airline.

Bombardier will start delivering the 74-seat one-class Q400s in May. The entire firm order will be operational by the end of 2007. Options, if exercised, will be delivered from March 2008.

Source: Flight International