raffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1694 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1593 times:
I've always enjoyed flying on the ATR72. From a passenger perspective I find it very comfortable, smooth and not too noisy. Newer versions have drop down screens and airlines can broadcast movies, documentaries or a route map.
The ATR72 galleys can accomadate ovens which facilitate hot snacks and meals where offered and the galley packs in quite a lot for a small aircraft.
They are also said to be very economical when compared to the competition and feature a propeller brake which means you can leave an engine running to power the aircon etc whilst the aircraft is parked .
I've flown a few times with the Dash 8, both 300 and 400 but definitely prefer the ATR.
Wow, are you planning to buy one, start an airline or something? Good luck!
Anyway, I doubt the ATR is going to be obsolete anytime soon. They are very common around the world (around 600 of the ATR 72 compared to about 500 Dash 8 Q400s), and apparently they now have enough orders to keep them busy until at least 2016, so it seems enough airlines are putting their faith in it. From what I've heard, the ATR 72 is slightly slower than the Bombardier Q400 (it's nearest competitor) though it is much more economical with fuel, as the Q400 was originally designed to compete with regional jets (speed was made a priority over fuel efficiency)
I've also heard the ATR -500 series (from a NZ source, so talking about the 72 in particular) is much smoother with less noise and vibration compared to the earlier models (the -200/-210/-300) due to the six-bladed propellers.
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Of course with the ATR-72-600 deliveries now gaining pace airlines will start selling their older 72-500s. Many -600s are going to airlines to replace -500s, like Air New Zealand, others are for fleet growth or replacing other types (Avianca, LIAT)
So I expect the value of -500s to decrease accordingly but current -500s are still popular on the second hand market.
Quoting raffik (Reply 1): The ATR72 galleys can accomadate ovens which facilitate hot snacks and meals where offered and
Is there any airline which offers hot meals in their ATRs? Perhaps Air Tahiti or Fiji Airlines as they have flights longer then 2,5 hours? Can't imagine anyone in Europe or the America's.
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OllieJolly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2012, 71 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 955 times:
The ATR 72 of GR that I flew on was very comfortable from what I remember, and I expected it to be a lot louder than it was!
I had never flown on a turboprop before, but I was very happy. Plus I got free coffee!
I also think it's very pleasing on the eye, and while I'm a fan of the Dash 8 I think it's not.. exactly.. pretty.
BonzoLab From New Zealand, joined Jun 2012, 25 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 865 times:
Air NZs 500s have ovens. Years ago a full meal service including alcohol was provided on longer routes at certain times of the day. The newer 600s (4th about to join the fleet shortly) have had the ovens removed. No need for them (apart from heating the crew's own food!)