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ATR-72-600 Freighter?  
User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2416 posts, RR: 22
Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

Hello All:

I am curious as to if its possible for ATR to offer the ATR-72-600 as a freighter? Would this A/C make for a better freighter vs the smaller ATR-42 and ATR-72-200 do to its longer size?


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User currently offlineLimaFoxTango From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Jun 2004, 800 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

The ATR 72-600 has the same fuselage length as the 72-200/500. The only difference the 72-600 has over previous versions is a higher MTOW and a glass cockpit. But to answer your question, I'm sure ATR does offer a freighter version. Not sure why one would want to buy a 600 just for cargo as there are many 200's/500's on the market for far less.


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User currently offlineSCAT15F From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

Too small to be cost effective...

A400M based freighter? maybe.


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5913 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

Quoting SCAT15F (Reply 2):

Too small to be cost effective...

A400M based freighter? maybe.

Really? Have you told that to FedEx Feeder carriers, which fly a fleet of Cessna 206 and ATR-42 aircraft?
Both those birds are smaller than the ATR-72 in question in this discussion...

Quoting LimaFoxTango (Reply 1):
The only difference the 72-600 has over previous versions is a higher MTOW

I think that higher weight might just make the plane an attractive option. Attractive enough to buy new-build freighters? I don't know.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

When an ATR72-200 or -500 can be freighter converted at a cheaper rate.....why go in for a -600 freighter.


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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2457 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 3):
Have you told that to FedEx Feeder carriers, which fly a fleet of Cessna 206

I think you mean 208 Caravans, not Cessna 206 ....


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25838 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3146 times:

Quoting SCAT15F (Reply 2):
Too small to be cost effective...

Not in certain parts of the world, such as this ATR-72-200 operating to many remote airports in Canada's arctic region.


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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2416 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3116 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 4):
When an ATR72-200 or -500 can be freighter converted at a cheaper rate.....why go in for a -600 freighter.

I was always thought the -600 had a longer fuselage vs the older/ shorter -200s and -500s..

Quoting SCAT15F (Reply 2):
A400M based freighter? maybe.

Could a cargo carrier use a CASA 295 as a freighter?



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User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2312 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 7):
I was always thought the -600 had a longer fuselage vs the older/ shorter -200s and -500s..

Nope, same fuselage

Quoting SCAT15F (Reply 2):
A400M based freighter? maybe.

Waaaayyyy to expensive to buy and operate.


User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2737 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Quoting LimaFoxTango (Reply 1):
Not sure why one would want to buy a 600 just for cargo as there are many 200's/500's on the market for far less.

Exactly. While there is nothing really in the way of making a -600 freighter, there is a large used market for the older versions which make good freighter candidates, not absolutely no hurry for ATR to offer a -600F for the time being.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 7):
Could a cargo carrier use a CASA 295 as a freighter?

Nothing against that either, but the problem is that it is designed as a military cargo aircraft and therefore carries a lot of structural weight unneeded for civil ops (heavy landing gear for rough field ops, cargo ramp, etc). Unless you really need the cargo bay volume or the loading ramp, there is no reason for a civil operator to use it, and AFAIK no-one does. Same goes for its smaller brother the CN-235 (which did manage to have a very short life as an airliner however). But IIRC there are some civilian-use C-212 out there.


User currently offlineatct From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2324 posts, RR: 38
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

Lots of C206's flown up here on cargo runs...just not for FedEx.

Id have the agree with HAWK21 that there are plenty of low time 200 and 500's floating around that can be converted to prevent a current push for -600 freighters.

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