bjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3018 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2728 times:
ATR said Tuesday it received EASA certification for its ATR 72-600. Flight testing began in the summer 2009 and delivery of the first aircraft will occur this summer to Royal Air Maroc, which ordered four ATR 72-600s and two ATR 42-600s. Since launching the ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 programs in October 2007, ATR has received orders for a total of 141 aircraft in the series.
ATR said last month that EIS later this year of the ATR 72-600 should enable the turboprop manufacturer to make inroads in North America.
Testing on the ATR 42-600 is underway. Its certification is expected at the end of the year.
“We are very proud to see that the ATR 72-600 is now on the brink of entering into service and allowing airlines to discover its many advantages,” said CEO Filippo Bagnato, adding the program "is based on our commitment to continue developing our line of aircraft in order to better meet the needs of regional airlines, in terms of operating costs as well as airworthiness and passenger comfort.”
So does this pretty much mean the FAA will certify it too?
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OyKIE From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2647 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2697 times:
Congratulations to ATR! I really enjoy flying the ATR airplanes, and this will make that experience even better. As an aviation enthusiast I get really excited about certifications of new airplanes and new versions. This is a reason to celebrate
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r2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2443 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2189 times:
Repost as I had created another thread without finding this one (didn't show up on the search tool) and I have suggested deletion of the other one.
Summary of the new features:
- new cockpit & avionics
- new cabin (already introduced on the latest -500 series)
- improved hot & high performance with PW127M
- 500kg MTOW increase
- ILS Cat IIIA capability
r2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2443 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1869 times:
Trying to sum up the -600 orders so far, I fail to find the figure of 126 a/c quoted in the press release. Am I missing something? Even with options I only count 106. Will Lion Air or UTair be receiving -600s in place of some of their -500s?
Air Tahiti 3
Royal Air Maroc 2
Air Tahiti 2
Air Nostrum (Spain) 10 (10 options)
Alenia (for Italian Navy) 4
Royal Air Maroc 4 (2 options)
AZUL Linhas Aéreas 20 ( 20 options)
Air Lease Corporation 10 ( 10 options)
Caribbean Airlines 9
Quoting acelanzarote (Reply 4): Does anyone know if Binter or Islas have any on order/options please?
I am not aware of any, although they are certainly prime candidates. I think Islas has only -500s so no hurry to upgrade, maybe just expand, but last time I checked Binter still had some older -200s which would be candidates for replacement.
r2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2443 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
Quoting OyKIE (Reply 6): Is the fuel burn improved? According to ATR the fuel consumption is only 0,25 liters pr 10kilometers pr seat. That is 15% better than the Q400.
I don't think so, the PW127M is really just a paper-uprated PW127F, IIRC. The lower fuel consumption comes from the lower power setting (but also lower speed) of the ATR. Also, the OEW of the Q400 is some 8500lb higher. Add that up and I can imagine 15%, though it does seem high. Remember, although they have similar seat capacity, they are different designs optimized for different missions.
Quoting OyKIE (Reply 8): The ATR will be operated by Skywest. They will consist of both -500 and -600 airplanes. 18 in total.
Indeed, thanks for that info. No breakdown on how many of each type though.