New ATR CEO favors clean-sheet design turboprop
- Part 1; Bombardier will appear next week.
March 30, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Economics simply don’t support development of a new turboprop any time soon, an analysis shows.
Low utilization by turboprop operators, the cost of development and the price to customers drive decision-making more than fuel prices.
LNC interviewed ATR and Bombardier officials for their views on development of a new turboprop. We also interviewed a key executive who knows the sector intimately. Their views diverge.
- It will cost upwards of $5bn to develop a new turboprop.
- The 20-year demand is limited, 2,000-2,500 depending on the forecaster.
- The top-end price point is at best in the low-to-mid-$20m. Any more than this, and the price encroaches on small jets.
- At least 90 seats are needed.
- Fuel burn reduction of at least 30% is needed—a difficult target.
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