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World Airliners Directory: New players continue to challenge in regional sector

The regional aircraft market is changing, as new aircraft from China and Japan are moving closer to service introduction, having largely overcome early difficulties, and Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 is proving itself in service. The jet market is still dominated by Bombardier and Embraer, but in the Asian market, they will no longer reign supreme, and will soon have to contend with the AVIC ARJ21 and the Mitsubishi MRJ90. In the turboprop sector, ATR and Bombardier have fewer worries, with only AVIC providing a modicum of competition with the MA60/600. Bombardier has the advantage of producing both jet and turboprop aircraft but is losing out in the global jet market to the Embraer 175/190/195, which is consistently outselling its Canadian competitor, although both manufacturers are introducing updated models with better fuel burn and lower operating costs.

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