ATR sees strong market potential for ATR 42-600 with enhanced STOL capabilities
The ATR 42-600S will substantially reduce the minimum length of runway required to take-off and land with full passenger capacity, down to only 800 meters. By improving these capabilities of the ATR 42-600s, hundreds of airports with runway lengths between 800 and 900 meters will be able to welcome the aircraft, thus increasing business opportunities for its operators.
As of today, a large and ageing fleet of nearly 2,200 regional aircraft from 30 to 50 seats operate all over the world. Among this fleet, turboprops account for nearly 60% (1,200 aircraft), and provide an essential connectivity to smaller and remote communities. These turboprops serve over 3,100 routes today, with one third of these routes relying exclusively on these aircraft.
The fleet of inefficient previous generation regional aircraft will need to be replaced in the years to come. The ATR 42 perfectly addresses this market with a combination of modernity, reliability and the highest standards of passenger comfort. The ATR 42 matches trip costs of 30-seat aircraft while adding seats and driving down unit costs, thus generating potential to stimulate demand. ATR sees a potential for nearly 600 deliveries of 50-seat turboprops in the 20 years to come.
Commenting on the potential for this new version of the ATR 42-600, Christian Scherer, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, declared: “Facilitating the emergence of future traffic as well as maintaining the connectivity of communities is at the heart of ATR’s role. This is why we have decided to further address the challenges of airfield accessibility, allowing growth in air services for remote areas as well. We are now proposing the ATR 42-600S to our operators and we look forward to positive feedback from the market”.
About the ATR 42-600:
- Passenger capacity: 30 to 50 seats
- Engines: PW127M, from Pratt & Whitney Canada
- Maximum power at take-off: 2400 shaft horsepower (SHP) per engine
- Maximum weight at take-off: 18,600 kg
- Maximum payload: 5,500 kg
- Maximum range with full passenger load: 800 nautical miles (1,483 km)
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. In 2019 the company had a turnover of US$1.6 billion. The unifying vision of the company’s 1,400 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 than 100 new routes every year, burn up to 45% less fuel and emit up to 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.