Commuter Aircraft & Regional Jets Gallery

Group of ATR 42 aircraft

When the airline industry adopted the "hub-and-spoke" system during the 1970s, a system in which small, local airports feed into large, metropolitan airports, a new type of short range aircraft was needed. The solution was the commuter, or regional aircraft. Most commuters are powered by turboprop engines and typically carry 20-70 passengers over distances less than 1,200 nm. However, the noisy turboporop has never been popular with passengers leading to the new turbofan-powered regional jets currently entering the market.

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