I was talking to a pilot for Midwest Airlines who used to fly for AWAC. When he flew the ATPs, he said, an engine would frequently shut off spontaneously when landing. He told the pax that this was normal so they didn't freak out. The plane is a piece of crap, horribly unreliable, and ugly as hell.
I think besides the fact that the BAe ATP were not paragons of reliability the plane didn't do well in terms of sales compared to the ATR42/72 series and the Saab 340/2000 series. And who wants to buy a new ATP today (if the plane had stayed in production) in when Bombardier CRJ and Embraer ERJ regional jets have taken over nearly all the regional market? Even the Bombardier Dash8-Q400 is a far better plane than the ATP.
The ATP is a reliable, functional aircraft. It is not prone to "engine faults" or "undercarriage problems" any more than any other aircraft.
The one's used by Manx and BRAL flew thousands of hours trouble free. They did have their quirks and no aircraft is completely reliable, but the ATP is no worse or better than any other.
As for comparing it to a Boeing 767 - you are now showing how completely off your rocker you are. Two different aircraft, for different functions and used in entirely different ways. And lets face it - looks are a personal preference - I mean, some people even like the look of the A.380!
However, before you start to slang off a thoroughly decent aircraft, I would try getting some reliable, accurate information on it. It may not be the fastest, smoothest and quietest aircraft flying, but it works and is certainly a damn sight tougher than many of the plastic machines on the market these days.
I know, I worked on the bloody things and handled the maintenance planning for them.
I am sorry but I am not off my "rocker".. I was simply making the point that I believe the BAE ATP to be a more attractive aircraft in my own opinion. I find the 762 quite ugly, quite squashed and not as sleek as the 763, 764 and Airbus counterparts.
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My first ever flight was in a ATP from MAN-Isle of Man, I have to admit being only 12 at the time I dont remember much but now nearly 21 I feel I was lucky have flown on a ATP before they were "served-out" from the BA fleet in favour of the RJ jets/props we see today.
I do remember the cabin being pretty "noisy" at the time, not sure if this was due to where I was sitting in relation to the props, but I remember yelling at the top of my voice and still not being heard (and at 12 I was pretty noisy lol) so im not sure if the airlines probobally favoured more quieter types for replacement of the ATP.
Its not the fall that kills u, its the sudden stop at the end..
Well, I must be glad to be alive then, flying ATP's four times over (a short stretch of) the middle of the Atlantic. I quite liked them! Air Açores must be having one of the biggest fleet of pax ATP's I guess...