The most responsible regional aircraft

ATR aircraft contribute to global economic and social development, decentralisation and sustainable tourism by connecting remote communities. ATR aircraft are the most responsible regional aircraft with the lowest fuel burn. ATR aircraft are versatile, flexible and can serve airports with limited ground infrastructure, making them the right tool for operating regional routes. Turboprop engine technology is well adapted for regional flights, with very low fuel consumption compared to similarly sized jets.

*Compared to regional jets on an average route of 300NM (550km).

45% less CO2

fuel burnt per trip vs. regional jets

69g of C02

per seat per km

First Flight in History with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Both Engines on a Commercial Aircraft

In June 2022, regional aircraft manufacturer ATR, Swedish airline Braathens Regional Airlines and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplier Neste collaborated to enable the first ever 100% SAF-powered test flight on a commercial aircraft. When used in neat form Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ reduces greenhouse gas emissions over its life cycle by up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel use.


Enabling sustainable tourism

Green Financing

In 2019, an ATR 72-600 became the first ever commercial aircraft to receive Green Financing. It is recognised as a more sustainable alternative to regional jets and received the financing as an airline wished to replace its ageing fleet of regional jets.

Turbojet vs Turboprop

On regional routes turbo propellers are the most efficient engines burning twice less fuel than turbojets.

Superiority of propellers

Turbojet: twice more fuel

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Turbojet: twice more fuel

A turbojet has the same core engine as a turboprop and the same energy creation technique through gas turbines. However, a turboprop will consume 45% less fuel than a turbojet.

Turboprop: much more efficient

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Turboprop: much more efficient

Turboprops have a different propulsion system: the energy created drives a propeller in return. Because of the large diameter propeller they require less power, so less fuel to accelerate the air. The turboprop will burn up to 45% less fuel, and emit up to 45% less CO2

Limiting ground infrastructure

Reducing ground machinery

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Reducing ground machinery

With their integrated footbridge, ATR aircraft can operate in the smallest and most remote airports in the world.

Avoiding massive airfield constructions

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Avoiding massive airfield constructions

Regional airports served by turbojets have a higher ground footprint than regional airports served by turboprops.

ATR aircraft is the 1st aircraft eligible for Green Financing

Since 2019 our aircraft are compliant with the Green Bond & Green Loan Principles by the independent ESG rating agency Vigeo Eiris.

ICAO standards compliant

Since 1986, nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and unburnt hydrocarbon (HC) emissions have been limited during take-off and landing. In 2020, limits on CO2 emissions during cruising have been introduced. ATR engines comply with the latest ICAO standards.

Aircraft recycling

Support maintenance, repair and end of life cycle

As an aircraft manufacturer, we are heavily involved in maintenance and end-of-life management. Aircraft recycling is a key priority to reduce our environmental footprint. Through a partnership with Tarmac Aerosave, we have been able to dismantle and recycle 85% of aircraft parts .

In 2019, we dismantled two ATR 42-500 with Tarmac Aerosave and recovered 500 components out of the 750 installed on the aircraft. A specific service was created for aircraft recycling.

Up to 85% of aircraft parts recycled & re-used

We recycle and re-use between 8 and 9 tonnes of the aircraft, including engines, seats, equipments and landing gears

5 aircraft recycled since 2018

Two ATR 72-500 and three ATR 42-500 aircraft were dismantled since 2018: two were given to schools and three were recycled by us at 85%

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