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Europe takes a second look at turboprops. (Regional News).(Brief Article)

Over the past few years, the star in the Regional airline industry has been the popular regional jet, but the trusty turboprop still plays an active role in the industry and in some areas is seeing a resurgence in use, according to Michael Magnusson, president and CEO of Snob Aircraft Leasing. He surmises that navigational charges, crew costs and access to crowded European hubs will play a role in renewed interest in turboprop aircraft. "What we see in Europe is much different than what we see in the US," he said.

Despite the popularity of RJs, turboprops still represent about 60% of all scheduled flights in the 19/50-seat category, Magnus son said. Unlike RJs, which require longer runways, turboprops can "fly anywhere. …

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