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Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:32 pm

Hey fellow a.netters, I have a flight coming up on an AA Executive ATR 72 (EYW-MIA) and was just wondering what to expect. I have never been on an ATR before or let alone any other turboprop aircraft. Is it smooth? Loud? Comfortable? Worn down inside? etc.

Also, is this actually flown by American Eagle or is it down by a contracted regional for AA?

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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:27 pm

I've been on few flights on ATR42-300/500 of TRIP and Pantanal, here in Brazil. Its pretty loudy, the seats were pretty hard, I've felt the engine vibrations (its good for sleep actually) and the early versions dont have windows shades, but it was not a big deal, as the flights arent very long (less than 1h).
I still thinking that is much more confortable than a CRJ.

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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:55 pm

Flew on one (AA Executive ATR 72 ) around 2 years ago from FLL-NAS-FLL. It's a cool experience (takeoff/landing), however I would not want to fly on one again. They are noisy (sat right behind the engine), the seats are uncomfortable (see picture), and did I mention they're noisy? Flying on it is smooth and it does vibrate a little. The condition of the plane was very good and the cabin doesn't look like something out of the 80's. My advice is to sit as far to the front as possible. Good luck!

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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:46 pm

The best seats is row 1 as its an Emergency Exit row. I flew on one when I was 14 and was in row 1. I found take off very noisy and the seats were comfy.

Quoting BigMac (Reply 2):

Those seats are actually designed for back support, thats the way you should be sitting in a chair as the design actually helps maintain your back posture
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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:10 pm

I fly them regularly from GNV to ATL and back. I don't mind them. My one piece of advice, if you've got the noise reducing headset take them. It's not that the absolute level of noise is that loud, but the frequency of the rumble seems to really tire me. I notice a world of difference in how tired I am when I come off the flight (about 1 hour 15 minutes flying time) when I have my NR headsets on.
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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:31 am

Small, uncomfortable and noisy. Luckily I was on a 15 minute flight! (HEL-TLL)
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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:29 am

I never had an issue with them., but haven't been on one in awhile - do they still do weight redistribution?
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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Sat Sep 23, 2006 4:24 am

I prefer the Dash 8Q versions to the ATR42/72, its a bit more noisey and has a lot of vibration compaired to the modern Q versions. Also those seats don't look very overly generous when it comes to cushioning, I fly the AT7 on Air Nostrum a fair bit and their seats are leather and very comfortable!

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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:01 pm

Speaking of ATRs, where does DL connection fly them to out of ATL?
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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:22 am

I love flying the ATR72-500. Travel on it regularly with Air NZ. The noise on take off is exagerated alot. It is abit louder compered to the Boeings and Airbus, however it is not too bad. It is certainly quieter than other prop aircraft.

A nice ride especially if you are cruising over mountains etc... with nicer views than jets as you basically cruise at half the altitude
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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:30 am

Don't really like them, I have done many many flights on American Eagle throughout the Caribbean and they are indeed louder than average, more cramped seats, and windows tend to be dirty or scratched, which makes photography often difficult. If you're facing a flight longer than say an hour, try to find an alternative, I'd say...
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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Mon Sep 25, 2006 3:48 am

I've only flown in the earlier ATR72-200, which was quite noisy, with an irritating high pitched whine, especially at the front. Otherwise, ok though. I believe the newer 500s are quieter.
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RE: Flight On An ATR72 - What To Expect?

Mon Sep 25, 2006 7:26 am

AE's ATRs are certainly getting long in the tooth. The last time I flew on one of them was out of their San Juan hub in 2002. The flight out to SXM was packed full, and the plane shook so badly I thought screws on the plane and even possibly tooth fillings would start coming out.

I flew back via Tortola, getting a Dash-8 to EIS on LIAT, and another AE ATR from EIS to SJU. The difference between the Dash-8 and ATR was night and day. The second ATR was just as bad as the first. It's amazing to me that since they charge nearly $1/mile to fly, that there aren't better planes on some of these routes in the Caribbean.

I've nothing against props in general, I even liked the flight I had on a Shorts 360 once, but these old ATRs just need to go.  Smile
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