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What Became Of The ATR92?

Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:09 pm

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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RE: What Became Of The ATR92?

Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:52 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Became Of The ATR92?

Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:28 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Became Of The ATR92?

Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:42 pm



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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