The ATR 72-600 takes off to North America
and ensuring eco-efficient regional operations
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Over 400 regional routes have been cancelled across the US since 2006. As of today, some 2,000 regional aircraft operate in the US, mainly regional jets. Over 30% of the routes operated by regional jets in the US are below 300 miles, a range where the operating costs and fuel-efficiency of the newest generation ATR -600s are unrivalled.
For the flight campaign, the aircraft will be showcased to highlight the many advantages it can bring to regional aviation in the US and Canada. These include cost savings, modern passenger experience, leading-edge navigation technologies and operational versatility. The modern ATR aircraft offers unbeatable eco-efficiency aiming to meet the strictest environmental challenges.
According to Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, “The ATR 72-600, which is known as the undisputed world leader of regional aircraft, perfectly aligns with the operational needs of airlines operating short-haul flights in North America”.
He added, “The fuel and cost-efficient ATR ‘-600 series’ can strongly contribute to restoring regional air connectivity to many communities that have experienced reductions in air service over the last decade. All while providing regional airlines with the most efficient aircraft for short-haul flights and allowing them to significantly upgrade the product offer to their customers”.
The ATR 72-600 is the best-selling regional aircraft worldwide in the below-90-seats category. There is a particular interest for the US and the Canadian market due to the replacement potential for some of the ageing regional aircraft fleets operating in both countries. The ATR ‘-600 series’ also offers substantially increased efficiency on many regional routes currently operated by regional jets and former generation turboprop aircraft.
- Passenger capacity: 50 to 78 seats
- Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
- Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horsepower per engine
- Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 kg (50,700 lbs)
- Maximum load: 7,500 kg (16,500 lbs)
- Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 km; 1035 miles)
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 over 130 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.