EASA certifies high-density cabin layout for ATR 72-600

The high-density seating configuration option for the ATR 72-600 aircraft has received certification from EASA, increasing the maximum capacity from 74 to 78 seats and enhancing airline revenue potential.Using the existing airframe, the new configuration is achieved by optimising the pitch and adjusting the forward cargo compartment. The option will be available as a retrofit.Cebu Pacific was the first airline to choose the high-density seating option for the ATR 72-600 at the Paris Airshow earlier this year in a deal for sixteen new aircraft of the type. The first aircraft in the 78-seat layout will enter commercial service in August 2016.“The demand comes from airlines, especially in the Southeast Asian market, requesting to further optimise the cabin space and to increase the number of available seats for regional flights,” commented Thierry Casale, ATR’s senior vice president of programmes. “With the lowest seat-mile cost in the regional market and unparalleled operating economics, the 78-seat ATR 72-600 turboprop is a perfect combination between comfort and efficiency.”

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