Posted on: 31 May 2011 by Mark Howells
ATR has announced that the ATR 72-600, the newest member of its aircraft family, has obtained certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
A prerequisite for the aircraft’s entry into service, this certification covers the new equipment on the aircraft, and is the successful conclusion to a series of ground and flight tests conducted on the ATR 72-600 prototype. Flight testing on the aircraft began in the summer of 2009.
Filippo Bagnato, CEO of ATR, declared himself “very proud to see that the ATR 72-600 is now on the brink of entering into service and allowing airlines to discover its many advantages. Development of the new ATR-600 Series is based on our commitment to continue developing our line of aircraft in order to better meet the needs of regional airlines, in terms of operating costs as well as airworthiness and passenger comfort.
“The ATR-600 Series features new avionics, developed in partnership with Thales, which make flight management even simpler thanks to its state-of-the-art technology. It also features a new cabin, designed by Giugiaro, with new, even more comfortable seats which are also lighter weight, and completely redesigned baggage stows offering more storage space for passengers. The entry into service will soon open up new commercial prospects for us,” added Bagnato.
Since launching the new ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 programme in October 2007, ATR has received orders for a total of 141 aircraft in this new series.
Delivery of the first ATR 72-600s will begin this summer. Royal Air Maroc, which ordered a total of four ATR 72-600s and two ATR 42-600s, will be the first operator to take delivery of an ATR 72-600.
Testing on the ATR 42-600 is ongoing, and certification of this aircraft is expected at the end of this year.