Let me just say I like turboprop, flew on many in my years. I’ve read some articles online about it but nothing current. So why do Americans dislike them? They’re used overseas extensively. Yes older ones can be noisy and vibrate your fillings out and they use to be real slow. They can be a little more susceptible to weather.
However, new advancements like the Q400 and the ATR-72/600 make them safer, quieter, faster and more room. Comparing with RJs on ~60 -90 min flights they are generally near the same speeds and altitudes (though RJs do go higher but for minutes before descending. When looking at ground speeds, they’re not much faster and fly mostly through the same weather.
Just as a rough example a flight from KSAN to KOAK in a brisk headwind with full loads an E-170 will burn around 6,500 pounds of fuel, a Q400 on the same flight will burn about 2,600 pounds. Even though a turboprop Wil save fuel, you loose about 5-10 minutes depending on winds. This market accounts for about 30% of US air traffic, think of all the money and the environment could be saved. But it seems for all of the crying to save the planet and wanting cheap airline tickets to get there fast for folks about instant gratification and wanting it all now, 10-15 minutes is just too much to give up.
I don’t know, maybe they’re too bumpy for people. Do regional airlines not like them because of their perception and fear potential pax booking with someone else? Could it be about ACMI issues, maintenance rates, or aircraft that can be used for short regional hops one week then rotated to longer flights like San Diego to Seattle?
Anyway, just soliciting thoughts, especially those who do work in the industry.