Part one of our airliner programme appraisal takes temperatures in the regional sector. With Russian and Japanese projects progressing, competition is heating up for jet manufacturers Bombardier and Embraer. Smaller emergent types have met cool receptions, notwithstanding STOL twin-prop revivals. Elsewhere, conversions are giving ageing aircraft an Indian summer, but it is unclear what turboprop revamps will bring.


New entrants

STOL twin-props


China and Russia

Small regionals

Cargo conversions

ATR-72-600, ©ATR
Turboprop manufacturer ATR has launched its -600 series but is tight-lipped on what comes next. Picture: ATR 

Source: Flight International