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Turboprop Values Ease Down

March 11, 2013

The values of turboprops have enjoyed a period of stability as a consequence of higher fuel prices and a stable product line up. However, the combination of advancing age and development of newer models is likely to impact values in the coming years. In contrast to the jet sector, where values can easily exhibit a change of ten percent or more within a relatively short timeframe, those for turboprops are experiencing only modest falls. This has not always been the case. In the 1990s, the development of regional jets combined with an emphasis on passenger comfort, overshadowed the turboprop for a time. A number of high profile incidents involving the turboprop also saw an element of passenger aversion. The number of turboprop manufacturers dwindled with Fairchild, Dornier, Beech, Saab, BAe, Fokker all ceasing turboprop production over a relatively short period.

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