ATR -600s, certified to operate at take-off and landing temperatures as low as -45°C
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just granted ATR, the European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft, certification to operate its new ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 in temperatures as low as -45°C at take-off and landing. This certification means that '-600' series ATRs can now fly with other ATR versions already certified to operate in particularly cold environments such as the far north of Europe, Canada and Siberia.
As part of this certification process, the EASA certified new ATR ‘-600’ equipment and systems – installed on their new avionics suite -, which had already been designed by ATR suppliers taking into consideration their future use in extremely low-temperature environments.
Since their launch at the end of 2007, new ‘-600’ series ATR aircraft have been positioned as the top selling regional aircraft with less than 90 seats worldwide. ATR has to date received more than 300 orders for this new family of aircraft.
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company’s employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more 140 new routes every year on average, burn 45% less fuel and emit 45% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.