Atmavik wrote:Deans Ji,
whats wrong with the Bombardier Q400? i flew this on HYD- Tirupathi trip and was quite comfortable. I thought a turboprop would do well for such trips where distance is around 500 Miles.
Props like the Q400 and the ATR are the best option upto 400 Miles. Beyond that, jets are more viable both in terms of speed and cost per seat km basis. If we consider routes where there is a demand for 50-120 pax per day (not viable for the A320 or B-737) and/or short runways that cannot accommodate larger aircraft, the number of routes which are longer than 400 miles, are more than those <400 miles.
More significantly, the improvement in our roads and increase in rail speeds is reducing demand for short haul, high density sectors.
So, the demand for long haul sectors will only increase relative to short haul ones.
If we consider B'lore (BLR) as an example, the demand for BLR-MAA flights has dropped, as road speeds have improved and trains have become
more punctual. On the other hand, several long distance routes (e.g. BLR-SXR) can only be served by a jet.