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Why don't airliners have turboprop engines instead of jet engines? [duplicate]

I know the q400 is one of few airliners that has a turboprop engines. I know that some military airplanes use turboprop engines so why don't many airliners use them?
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Why is there still a preference for turboprop airliners over the new regional jets? [duplicate]

In the 1950s and in the early 1960s, jets were mostly available as fighter/military or big, long haul aircraft. Regional aviation was based primarily on piston aircraft that could operate in smaller ...
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Why are commercial propeller aircraft smaller than commercial jet aircraft? [duplicate]

I've read that turbo-prop aircraft are more efficient than jet-aircraft. Browsing this Wikipedia page it looks like in general, jet airliners burn less fuel per passenger. I imagine this is due to jet ...
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Why don't small planes use turbine (turboprop) engines?

Turboprop engines are more fuel efficient1, lighter for the same power, mechanically simpler and consequently more reliable. They are also slightly easier to operate (no need to fiddle with mixture) ...
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Why are propeller airplanes still made?

Airplanes with propellers were invented a long time ago. After that, jet engines came into existence. My question is: why do we still have propeller engines? The reasons I can think of are: They are ...
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Why did the turbojet replace the piston engine?

Many people say that this was because aircraft powered by turbojet engines were faster during WWII. However the Grumman F7F-4N Tigercat, a fighter powered by a piston engine, flew at a maximum speed ...
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In what way are the Concorde's engines considered efficient?

The Concorde is powered by a bunch of Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 turbojet engines. Much has been said about how efficient they are at speed, and the fact that they allow long-range cruise at Mach ...
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Why are piston engines so unreliable in airliners?

Before the first jetliners appeared, all airliners used piston (reciprocating) engines, which were astoundingly prone to failing in flight, to the point where an inflight engine failure was an ...
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For an electric airplane are propellers the only option for propulsion?

This is for an electric airplane (so no fuels for combustion): Are propellers the only option? Is there a turbine-jet possible with only air intake, electrically compress, and a turbine and nozzle ...
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Why aren't there any widebody propliners for the high-density short-haul markets?

Jetliners come in both narrowbody (one aisle) and widebody (two or more aisles) versions, but all propliners, to the best of my knowledge, are narrowbody aircraft. Now, granted, one of the big ...
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Why would maximum fly-time (endurance) not coincide with max L/D operating point?

This question is motivated by another SE Aviation answer where @Peter Kampf writes the following two useful bits of information: Aircraft like to fly near their optimum L/D ratio, where drag ...
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Why are the top speeds for jet engines higher than for propellers?

I realize turbines are more efficient than piston engines, but if that were true, then why don't turbo-props reach jet speeds?
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What are the pros and cons of a lift fan versus a helicopter?

F-35 uses lift fan which can create 20,000 lbs (9 tonnes) of lift in a small compact platform. I can see three or four of such lift fans that could lift a heavier plane and is seems better than a ...
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Is the Boeing AC-25A Banshee a real concept or a gimmick? [closed]

Could this be a feasible concept aircraft to replace the AC-130?
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Is a turboprop or a turbofan more eco-friendly?

If we compare them, which one wins? Why? And, what about CO2 emissions?

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