Questions about Regional Jets

Date:         19 Feb 97 02:46:23 
From:         "P. Wezeman" <pwezeman@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu>
Organization: The University of Iowa
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   This last week, the Wall Street Journal had an article about regional
jets and the upcoming American Airlines strike. One interesting thing they
mentioned was what the airlines call "turboprop aversion factor".
According to airline people, passengers really dislike turboprop aircraft
and the mere action of replacing a turboprop with a jet on a given route
will increase passenger load by an average of twenty per cent.
   The article also said that the new Canadian regional jet has "ample
legroom". Do they mean ample legroom in comparison to a typical small
turboprop airliner or in comparison to a jetliner? If it's in comparison
to an airliner, is it done as an amenity to attract passengers, or simply
because a regional jet is physically incapable of flying when crammed full
of people?
   Also, some people in this group have mentioned that the DC-9/MD-80
design could serve as the basis for a regional jet for Boing-McDonnell
Douglas. Is this realistic, or would they be better off starting new?
What would be involved? Could they just shorten it or would they have to
lighten up the structure in proportion to the reduction in size?

                           Thank you in anticipation,

                        Peter Wezeman, anti-social Darwinist

                             "Carpe Cyprinidae"