The 90+ seat turboprop is something that has been bubbling up for a long time. Interest was primarily driven by rising fuel prices. The key firms in the turboprop business today are ATR and Bombardier. Both firms have long made the case that a 90-seater isn’t in the cards. But interest never went away, as also shown in the story here.
Recently, Bombardier announced they had managed to squeeze 90 seats in their Q400. We are certain that ATR is preparing its own solution. Squeezing more seats into an existing fuselage that was designed for fewer passengers can only mean one thing – more discomfort.