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Have you ever considered to travel on a propulsion plane instead of a jet if you can choose – or do you consider propeller planes unsafer then jets?

Modern turboprops can be adjusted to support multiple functions and give turboprops a cutting-edge on navigation, including steeper approaches, shorter landing services, and efficiency in flights and fuel costs.

Norra, OH-ATK, ATR 72-500. Anna Zvereva Wikipedia Commons

In reality, a turboprop aircraft engines are more like a cross between a piston prop airplane and a turbine engine jet. With a similar technology with jet engines, the modern propeller planes are as safe as jet engine-powered planes.

Turboprops are often used in business flights, in short routes, and to feed the traffic to the main airports. Prop plane is also an economical choice for a wide variety of private jet passengers, including natural-resource extraction companies, health care providers, small businesses, and leisure travelers.

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The new breed of turboprop planes has space and flexibility, business and premium-economy style seats, bringing this type into the cabin class space. Thanks to advances in engine technology, noise levels on-board are far below previous levels, and new cabin designs provide expanded baggage space and ergonomic seats for passengers. So, would you consider to take your next flight with propulsion planes?

Over a distance of 500 km, the fuel consumption per passenger of the ATR is 15% less than traveling by car!

More and more all kinds of environmental concerns on climate and emissions will affect the flight industry for sure. However, new fuel-efficient engines are designed, travelers may use trains and buses instead of planes or they even avoid flying in general – there is a lot to consider in the next following years and decades!

While jets may be the faster aircraft type on routes of 560 km or less, such as Paris to London, the flying time may only be 10 minutes longer with a turboprop plane.

The backbone of many regional airlines the significantly lower fuel consumption of the turboprop engine makes it the far more economical option. Turboprops, such as the ATR 72 series, have lower maintenance costs, combining cost-efficient performance with an environmentally-friendly approach.

Operating costs 45% less than regional jets on 560 km routes

Propulsion aircrafts such as ATR-72s has operating costs 45% less than regional jets on 560 km routes. Over a distance of 500 km up to 1000 km, the fuel consumption per passenger of the ATR is 15% less than traveling by car, and 60% less than that of an equivalent-sized jet plane. Consequently, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, an ATR plane produces up to 60% less than a jet plane.

On short routes, the difference in flight time is minimal, so slow flying is a real YES!

Finnish flight operator Norra has stated in their Instagram post some good and valuable points why prop planes could be a choice for regular travelers in large scale. In their Instagram post, there are several good points to know. Here is a translation from their post.

“Fly quietly and lowly” with ATR prop planes it is not an as funny joke as you might think. Actually, the lower speed and flying at low altitudes is the secret to the economy and environmental friendliness of the ATRs.

The propeller turbine engine is optimized for these speeds and lower altitudes, resulting in significantly improved efficiency on short routes. For example, a flight to Tallinn consumes about three times less fuel than the other aircraft type in our fleet, the Embraer jet. On short routes, the difference in flight time is very small, so slow flying is a real YES!

Even in the early 2000s, airlines favored jets, as customer feedback did not want passengers to fly on propeller planes. However, the common concern about climate and emission issues has contributed to the fact that propulsion engines have once again become popular around the world in commuter traffic. Today, there are over 1100 ATRs flying around the world, nearly 400 in Asia and around 300 in Europe.

FlyNorra Instagram 07.05.2019

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”Lennetään hiljaa ja matalalla” ei ole ATR-koneiden kohdalla niin hassu vitsi kuin äkkiseltään voisi ajatella. Nimittäin juuri pienempi nopeus ja lentäminen lyhyille reiteille sopivalla korkeudella on ATR:ien taloudellisuuden ja ympäristöystävällisyyden salaisuus. Potkuriturbiinikone on optimoitu näille nopeuksille ja matalammille korkeuksille, jolloin lyhyillä reiteillä hyötysuhde on huomattavasti parempi. Esimerkiksi lento Tallinnaan kuluttaa ATR:llä noin kolme kertaa vähemmän polttoainetta kun laivastomme toinen konetyyppi, Embraer-suihkukone. Lyhyillä reiteillä lentoajan erokin on hyvin pieni, joten hitaasti lentäminen onkin tosi jees!🛬 Ajattelutavassa on tapahtunut reilussa vuosikymmenessä suuri muutos. Vielä 2000-luvun alussa lentoyhtiöt suosivat suihkukoneita, sillä asiakaspalautteiden mukaan matkustajat eivät halunneet lentää potkurikoneilla. Yhteinen huoli ilmasto- ja päästökysymyksistä on kuitenkin osaltaan aiheuttanut sen, että ympäri maailmaa lähiliikenteessä on alettu jälleen suosia potkurikoneita. Nykyään maailmalla lentää yli 1100 ATR-konetta, joista lähes 400 Aasiassa ja noin 300 Euroopassa. ✈️ video 🎥: @jiijiifly #flynorra #atr #airplane #aviation #avgeek #dailyaviation #cockpit #pilot #officeview #themoreyouknow

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One of the major travel trends in 2019 (Read more about Travel Trends 2019 in our Blog) is to make more over the weekend holidays. More than 50% of travelers globally say that they are planning to take more weekend or long weekend trips in becoming years (2019-2022).

Using a plane for short distance holidays is a question that we have to consider closely, but if you would consider flying short distance flights you should take a prop plane instead of a jet engine-powered plane.

When modern propulsion planes are as safe as any other commercial jet engine-powered planes, and with its environmentally friendly approach – maybe it is time to change the way of thinking and to consider them as our greener option when we need to fly?

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