- Why Embraer wants to make Turboprops popular again
- How much less fuel this aircraft will burn compared to business jets
Passengers these days see turboprops as “old,” “cramped” and “noisy” while not possessing enough overhead bin space. Embraers SVP of Engineering, Luis Carlos Affonso wants to bring turboprops back into style. The new Embraer turboprop will have real fuselage-mounted engines which will provide a quiet cabin and allow jet bridge compatibility. The aircraft will burn 20% less fuel than business jets, leading to 20% lower emissions and lower operating costs.
There will be no middle seat, so economy class seating will be a 2-2 configuration for more elbow and leg room. All of Embraer’s claims lead to quite an exciting offering. Indeed, we haven’t seen a new turboprop offered for quite some time now, with the 70 to 80-seat ATR72-600 program launched back in 2007.