Pratt & Whitney Canada and GE Aviation are looking at developing engines for larger turboprop aircraft. Regional jets have grown from having 50 seats to as many as 90, adding value along the way. "It is a natural evolution of the 70-seat into a 90-seat aircraft, so I think if it were available tomorrow, the airlines would go for it," said Richard Dussault, vice president of marketing at P&W.

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