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Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 7:36 am

I'm flying on a American Eagle ATR 72 from Miami, Florida to Nassua, Bahamas. Are they sensitive to turbulence? To the jerk around a lot? Or do they fly like a 737 or something? Just wondering, not that it matters.
Just as long as I don't hit my head!

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 8:05 am

very comfortable for a turboprop...i've flown ASA's ATRs several times...not sure about Eagle's though..

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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 8:05 am

I flew on an ASA one between Atlanta and Columbus, GA. I don't know much about the ATR family, but it could have been a 42. The plane was comfortable and the ride was too. Take-offs were very load and so was the majority of the flight. I had one of the engines in my right ear.
 
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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 8:34 am

I flew on a TSA ATR-42 in 1996. So some of my experiences may be the result of TSA and not the plane. Overall the cabin is very large, roomier than a CRJ. It is more than wide enough for the 4 abreast set-up. I had the misfortune to be sitting in seat 4A... right next to the prop. Yes it was loud. Hopefully Eagle's are nicer inside than TSAs. Not a bad bird. Fairly powerful and stable.
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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 8:37 am

I like the ATR 72, the interior is the most spacious we have in our fleet, a person taller than 5'10" can stand erect in the main cabin. As for trubulance, they are about as prone to it as any other Turboprop/small jet. Overall It's a good ride (as long as your not sitting parallel to the props but that happens in all props). From a Pax point of view it's a great aircraft, from a flight crews point of view it's a great aircraft with great handling charateristics, and from a F/A point of view it's a good plane but I don't like the Jump Seat location......

oh yeah 72 has 2 F/As while the 42 only has one
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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 9:00 am

I'll be sitting in row 5A. Is that bad? So your saying they do get turbulent easily?
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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 10:01 am

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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 10:17 am

If you have only flown on jets before, then you will be surprised by the noise and vibration levels.
Frequent flyers on ATRs (and most other turboprops) choose seats in the back of the cabin where noise is less. 5A is comfort-wise not a good choise, but what does it matter - it's not an 8 or 12 hours flight. You will survive.
Have a pleasant flight.
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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 10:24 am

Just flew on a COexpress ATR42-320 today
from CLL-IAH. A fine aircraft, but you may
want to select another seat, as you are right
next to the engine. Like all aircraft, the ATR
is sensitive to inclement weather, but in the
hands of a skilled pilot, the bumps can be
smoothed out. I'm sure you'll like flying
on the ATR. Just be prepared for a little
more noise and vibration than you're used to.

peace,
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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 10:35 am

Thanks for the info. Yes I am used to Jets. I have been on a turbo prop only once before and that was a Saab 340. I had a very bad experiance VERY VERY turbulent, and VERY VERY VERY noise.
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RE: Are ATR 72s Comfortable?

Mon Dec 04, 2000 10:46 am

Yes, they are comfortable indeed. Relax in your reclining seat while your F/A serves you Beverages. Just stay away from the engine areas. The Bulkhead row is nice.  

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