The average retirement age for turboprop aircraft is creeping up and the pace of retirements is decelerating, an Aviation Week Intelligence Network fleets database analysis shows. High fuel prices are a contributing factor, but the duration of the trend could depend on the flood of used regional jets that will hit the market in the next few years. The database shows an average age of 32 years for all 94 turboprops classified as retired in 2012. That follows three years when the average ...


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