Air International 1982-09
B.Walters - Small is Beautiful
A Fairchild Swearingen Metro II and a de Havilland Dash-7 share apron space with a Boeing 747.
The Beech C99 taxies past a Boeing 727
Product of a joint Swedish-American development and production programme, the Saab-Fairchild SF 340 will enter service with Crossair, the first customer, in 1984.
The Fokker F27 has emerged as the world's best-selling turboprop-twin to date, with a substantial proportion of the 700-plus built serving with regional operators. The example illustrated is a Mk 600RF in AirTanzania service.
The Fokker F27 has outsold the HS.748 in the regional airline market, and both types may be further developed to meet continuing demand.
The British Aerospace HS.748 - a product of the original Avro company at Manchester - has gained a new lease of life selling to regional airlines, many of which have adopted colourful and distinctive liveries, such as Bahamasair as illustrated.
The De Havilland Canada Dash-8, illustrated in NorOntair colours, will enter service in 1984 as a smaller derivative of the Dash-7 design.
The EMBRAER EMB-121 Brasilia, to enter service in 1984.
Largest of the new generation of regional airliners now under development is the Aerospatiale/Aeritalia ATR 42, a joint Franco-Italian project.
The British Aerospace Jetstream 31, newly certificated, is about to enter service with Mall Airways in the New York state area.
The CASA-Nurtanio CN 235, under joint development in Spain and Indonesia
At the upper end of the wide spectrum of aircraft likely to interest the regional airlines is the British Aerospace 146, depicted here in British Air Ferries colours, in which it will he flying later this year on route proving trials.
Also attracting orders from the regional airlines is the Fokker F28, with which the 146 will compete.
De Havilland Canada Twin Otter 300 as used on regional network of NorOntair in northern Canada.
The GAF N.22 Nomad has achieved limited success as a regional airliner, but production is to end soon.
Shorts 330 (originally SD3-30) turboprop twins are operated by several US regional airlines.
Evolved from the Skyvan specifically to meet the needs of the regional airlines, the Shorts 330 has sold steadily if somewhat slowly. It is now being complemented, and may eventually be succeeded, by the Shorts 360 with more capacity and a better streamlined rear fuselage.
De Havilland Canada's Dash-7 offers regional operators a specialised STOL performance.
A Fairchild Swearingen Metro II and a de Havilland Dash-7 share apron space with a Boeing 747.
EMBRAER EMB-110C Bandeirante, one of the early commuter airline versions of this Brazilian transport, in service with Transportes Aereos Regionais da Bacia Amazonica SA (TABA), operating in Brazil's Amazon region.
Also enjoying current success in the USA, as in many other parts of the world, is Brazil’s EMB-110 Bandeirante.
A Nurtanio-assembled CASA 212C Aviocar operated in Indonesia by Bouraq Indonesian Airlines.
A few commuter airlines continue to operate services requiring the use of flying boats or amphibians, such as the Grumman G-111 (a refurbished HU-16 Albatross) shown here in Chalk's livery.
The first example of the Dornier 228-100, in service with AS Norving.
The production prototype of the Ahrens AR 404, development of which is now in abeyance.
A stretched derivative of the HS.748 is under study by British Aerospace, one possible configuration being illustrated.
Beech Aircraft has re-entered the regional airliner market by putting back into production the Model 99 and launching the Model 1900. Illustrated is a Beech 99 of Mississippi Valley Airlines.
The Beech C99 taxies past a Boeing 727
The Pilatus Britten-Norman Trislander, an extrapolation of the highly successful Islander, in the livery of Trans-Jamaican Airlines Ltd.
The Fairchild-Swearingen Metro is one of the best-selling turboprop regional airliners of US origin.
A Fairchild Swearingen Metro II and a de Havilland Dash-7 share apron space with a Boeing 747.
Shorts 360 has been developed from the 330 and will enter service later this year, having been ordered to date by nine operators.