Turboprop vs Regional Jet Aircraft Deliveries
Annual deliveries of turboprop aircraft declined dramatically during the past 20 years but since 2005 have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity.
Turboprops are better suited to operate out of many regional airports and they will always be capable of performing certain missions (and short range flights in particular) more cost effectively than their jet-powered siblings. Trend should hold flat over the near term as low fuel prices will favor jets.
The following figure shows the trend in turboprop and regional jet deliveries since 1990.