The official presentation of the first ATR ‘-600
series’ aircraft, an ATR 72-600, is to take place on 1 October
2009 at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.
The new ‘-600
series’ programme for both models, ATR 72-600 and ATR 42-600,
launched in October 2007.
The first ATR 72-600 aircraft started
its flight trials campaign on July 24, 2009 after being powered-on
in December 2008.
Flight trials for the first ATR 42-600
aircraft will take place next year.
These two aircraft
should make some 150 and 75 flight hours respectively in order to
test the new equipment, including a new avionics suite and the
most modern navigation aid tools.
The ATR ‘-600 series’
aircraft, powered with PW 127M engines, take an additional 500 Kg
on MTOW (Maximum Take-off weight) and MZFW (Maximum Zero Fuel
The ATR ‘-600 series
is also to be fitted with a new cabin
offering the more modern standards of comfort and design.
According to plan, certification will lead to the entry into
service of the first commercial ATR 72-600s and ATR 42-600s in
Today, two years after the launch of this programme,
ATR has already booked orders for 59 ATR ‘-600 series’ aircraft (5
ATR 42-600s and 54 ATR 72-600s).
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