Posted on: 29 November 2017 by Mark Thomas
ATR’s 72-500 aircraft is now able to operate for Canadian airlines in either passenger or cargo configuration after receiving certification from Transport Canada, the airworthiness authority.
“Obtaining this certification will allow us to expand the operational scope of our family of aircraft,” said Alessandro Amendola, senior vice-president engineering at ATR. “Once again, ATRs have proven that they are the perfect match for challenging markets, such as Canada, where their ability to fly in extreme cold, icy weather conditions, take off and land on unpaved and short runways, and their unrivalled performance are invaluable.”
About 40 ATR aircraft are currently operating in Canada, providing passenger and freighter services to remote and isolated communities. Canadian operator First Air has been operating the 50-seater version of the ATR 42-500 for a number of years in northern Canada.