Can anyone tell me why people are ordering so many of DashQ400s instead of ATR72-500?
I seriously think ATR is a better plane. It is about 15% cheaper, it uses 12% less gas (when you compare them per pax), it has shorter delviery times. The only downside is ATR doesn't have a long range and it is slower. However, I can fit 3X 650 nm routes in one day on an ATR, and after 700 nm, it is very difficult to make a profit with planes with 60-70 pax.
OK, you can fit 3X800 nm on Q400, but I don't think that's enough. Also, I don't think two routes per day will make a good profit on these planes.