EASA certifies ATR’s regional turboprop aircraft powered by new PW127XT-M engine

A key step towards entry into service which sets new standards for operating economics, maintenance and sustainability for ATR regional aircraft

Toulouse, 13 October 2022 – The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has type certified the leading turboprop manufacturer’s ATR 72 and 42 aircraft powered by the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127XT-M engine. Boasting the latest materials and technologies available on the market, the new engine series enables next level efficiency and extended time (XT) on wing for its aircraft, bringing benefits of 20% reduction in maintenance costs and 3% improvement in fuel consumption compared to the PW127-M.

“Receiving EASA type certification is an important step towards entry into service of this new standard engine on our ATR aircraft, says ATR’s Stephane Viala, Senior Vice President Engineering. “ATR teams have been working with our partners at Pratt & Whitney Canada and the authorities to secure certification and move closer to providing customers with even more economical and sustainable powered regional turboprop aircraft. With maintenance cost benefits, CO2 savings, and SAF capability, it will help airlines such as Air Corsica, our launch customer, fulfil its industry pledges towards low-emission aviation.”

“The certification of ATR aircraft powered by our PW127XT-M engine is good news for the Regional Aviation segment as it delivers 40% more time on wing, 20% less maintenance costs and a 3% improvement in fuel consumption compared to the PW127-M,” said Anthony Rossi, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “ATR and P&WC have worked diligently to achieve this certification less than a year after the game-changing engine was unveiled. We congratulate ATR on this important milestone”.

The EASA certification follows that of Engine certification by Transport Canada Civil aviation and Engine EASA certification which were achieved respectively in August and early September.

Revealed at the Dubai Airshow in 2021, the purpose-built new PW127XT-M engine will enter into service with launch customer Air Corsica before the end of the year.

About Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines, and auxiliary power units. To learn more visit www.prattwhitney.com.

About ATR

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.