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European Regionals take another look at turboprops. (Regional News).(Brief Article)

A number of Regional airline operators in Europe are rethinking the role of the regional jets that continue to be the darlings of their US counterparts.

FlyBe, formerly British European, already has decided that the RJ is too expensive to operate in heated competition sparked by low-cost carriers in European markets. "You can't make any money with them," says FlyBe MD Jim French. "The market is changing rapidly because of the low-cost carriers. You need a high yield and you don't get high yields with a [50-seat] CRJ."

French says FlyBe currently operates four Q400 turboprops and he wants to have a total of 12. The airline is planning to get rid of its four GRJs and use only the 70-seat turboprops. …

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