ATR welcomes ICAO officials

ATR fully supports the ICAO’s “No country left behind” initiative


Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President, and Dr. Fang Liu, ICAO Secretary General, were welcomed on December 4th and December 7th by Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Thierry Casale, Senior Vice-President Programs, and Christopher McGregor, Flight Safety Officer, to ATR facilities.
Focus of discussion was ICAO’s strategic objectives in relation to the regional aircraft market. The visit of the ICAO officials provided an insight to ATR’s leadership position in the regional aircraft market and its commitment to an environmental-oriented product policy.
ATR has a long standing commitment to greener aviation. This year, an ATR 72 took to the skies on the first flight test campaign of a “Clean Sky” program, to test and validate the use of new materials. This enables further CO2 emission reduction and contribute to an overall greener aviation in the future. This commitment to sustainable operations now and in the future, is fully aligned with ICAO objectives to reduce air transport CO2 emissions by 50% in 2050.
ATR also fully supports the principle of “No country left behind”, the ICAO initiative to improve safety and operational standards at a global level. ATR highlighted for example the benefits of Performance Based Navigation (PBN), demonstrated on an ATR simulator. The newest navigation aid tools certified onboard the ATR ‘-600 series’ aircraft also enable more accurate approaches, optimizing flight times and fuel emissions.
ATR became in 2011 the very first regional aircraft manufacturer to obtain an ISO14001 certification for the entire life-cycle of the aircraft, -from design to dismantling-, consolidating its position as the green reference in aviation.
On the occasion of their visit to Toulouse, the ICAO officials also met with senior representatives of Airbus and ENAC, France’s Civil Aviation College. 

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About ATR

ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72, the best-selling aircraft in the below 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company is to accelerate sustainable connections for people, communities and businesses, no matter how remote. Flown by some 200 airlines in over 100 countries, ATR aircraft opened 160 new routes in 2023, facilitating the development of territories and enabling access to crucial services like healthcare and education. Thanks to ATR’s focus on continuous innovation and the intrinsic efficiency of the turboprop technology, ATR aircraft are the most advanced, versatile, cost-effective and lowest-emission regional aircraft on the market, emitting 45% less CO2 than similar-size regional jets. In January 2022, we flew the first ever commercial aircraft using 100% SAF in both engines. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.