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What Became Of The ATR92?  
User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4524 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6793 times:

After the launch of the ATR72 in the late 1980s, there was a lot of talk about a further stretch of the ATR42/72, called the ATR92. As we all know, plans never materialized. I was wondering what the reason was - were there technical problems that made it difficult to stretch the ATR further - or was there simply no interest in such a large turboprop at that time (that's my educated guess)?

I am asking because ATR is now looking at a larger turboprop again, obviously as a reaction to a further Dash 8 stretch, but my understanding is that it would not be a simple stretch of the ATR72, but a new family of large turboprops with initially two members. One explanation could be that the ATR design cannot be brought up to Q400 speeds.

Any thoughts / background information?

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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6697 times:

There was a plan for the ATR-82, which would have been a 78 pax stretch of the ATR-72, but that was ditched when ATR joined forces with BAe to form AI(R) in 1996. AI(R) was to develop a 70 pax jet, but the consortium broke up in the late 90s. BAe decided to focus on a new version of the BAe-146/Avro RJ instead and ATR continued with their ATR-42 and ATR-72, although rumors of an ATR RJ stuck around for a number of years afterwards.

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12362 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6629 times:

The proposed ATR-82 would never have been able to compete with the different Barbie Dream Jets (the RJs). Most people preseive the jets to be safer then the prop airplanes.

User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6596 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
The proposed ATR-82 would never have been able to compete with the different Barbie Dream Jets (the RJs)

From a pax standpoint perhaps, but as far as economics go, definitely disagree. An AT8 or AT9 could definitely be a more than suitable competitor to jet planes on short hops under 200-300nm, be it vs CR7s, or even mainline planes. On routes like, say, ATL-BHM, the economics of prop usually are far better than those of a jet.

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