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Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?  
User currently offlineATLAaron From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1029 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8295 times:

Hey fellow a.netters, I have a flight coming up on an AA Executive ATR 72 (EYW-MIA) and was just wondering what to expect. I have never been on an ATR before or let alone any other turboprop aircraft. Is it smooth? Loud? Comfortable? Worn down inside? etc.

Also, is this actually flown by American Eagle or is it down by a contracted regional for AA?


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User currently offlineMatheus From Brazil, joined Nov 2003, 135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8275 times:

I've been on few flights on ATR42-300/500 of TRIP and Pantanal, here in Brazil. Its pretty loudy, the seats were pretty hard, I've felt the engine vibrations (its good for sleep actually) and the early versions dont have windows shades, but it was not a big deal, as the flights arent very long (less than 1h).
I still thinking that is much more confortable than a CRJ.


User currently offlineBigMac From Suriname, joined Nov 2003, 324 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8246 times:

Flew on one (AA Executive ATR 72 ) around 2 years ago from FLL-NAS-FLL. It's a cool experience (takeoff/landing), however I would not want to fly on one again. They are noisy (sat right behind the engine), the seats are uncomfortable (see picture), and did I mention they're noisy? Flying on it is smooth and it does vibrate a little. The condition of the plane was very good and the cabin doesn't look like something out of the 80's. My advice is to sit as far to the front as possible. Good luck!

Pictures from my flight:

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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12974 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8213 times:

The best seats is row 1 as its an Emergency Exit row. I flew on one when I was 14 and was in row 1. I found take off very noisy and the seats were comfy.

Quoting BigMac (Reply 2):

Those seats are actually designed for back support, thats the way you should be sitting in a chair as the design actually helps maintain your back posture

User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8125 times:

I fly them regularly from GNV to ATL and back. I don't mind them. My one piece of advice, if you've got the noise reducing headset take them. It's not that the absolute level of noise is that loud, but the frequency of the rumble seems to really tire me. I notice a world of difference in how tired I am when I come off the flight (about 1 hour 15 minutes flying time) when I have my NR headsets on.

User currently offlineDavidT From Switzerland, joined Oct 2005, 478 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8116 times:

Small, uncomfortable and noisy. Luckily I was on a 15 minute flight! (HEL-TLL)

User currently offlineBnamaxx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8115 times:

I never had an issue with them., but haven't been on one in awhile - do they still do weight redistribution?

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12165 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8103 times:

I prefer the Dash 8Q versions to the ATR42/72, its a bit more noisey and has a lot of vibration compaired to the modern Q versions. Also those seats don't look very overly generous when it comes to cushioning, I fly the AT7 on Air Nostrum a fair bit and their seats are leather and very comfortable!

Dan Smile

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User currently offlineUnited767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 356 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8083 times:

Speaking of ATRs, where does DL connection fly them to out of ATL?

I wish UA flew mainline to MYR, that way you wouldn't be stuck in a smelly Saturn for 12 hours.
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8065 times:

I love flying the ATR72-500. Travel on it regularly with Air NZ. The noise on take off is exagerated alot. It is abit louder compered to the Boeings and Airbus, however it is not too bad. It is certainly quieter than other prop aircraft.

A nice ride especially if you are cruising over mountains etc... with nicer views than jets as you basically cruise at half the altitude

User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8051 times:

Don't really like them, I have done many many flights on American Eagle throughout the Caribbean and they are indeed louder than average, more cramped seats, and windows tend to be dirty or scratched, which makes photography often difficult. If you're facing a flight longer than say an hour, try to find an alternative, I'd say...

User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8032 times:

I've only flown in the earlier ATR72-200, which was quite noisy, with an irritating high pitched whine, especially at the front. Otherwise, ok though. I believe the newer 500s are quieter.

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8024 times:

AE's ATRs are certainly getting long in the tooth. The last time I flew on one of them was out of their San Juan hub in 2002. The flight out to SXM was packed full, and the plane shook so badly I thought screws on the plane and even possibly tooth fillings would start coming out.

I flew back via Tortola, getting a Dash-8 to EIS on LIAT, and another AE ATR from EIS to SJU. The difference between the Dash-8 and ATR was night and day. The second ATR was just as bad as the first. It's amazing to me that since they charge nearly $1/mile to fly, that there aren't better planes on some of these routes in the Caribbean.

I've nothing against props in general, I even liked the flight I had on a Shorts 360 once, but these old ATRs just need to go.  Smile

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