ATR has obtained European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) certification for its passenger-cargo “combi” version of
the ATR 72-600.
The new cabin configuration of the aircraft allows
combining increased cargo volume for over 19 m3 in volume and
nearly 3,000 kg in weight with up to 44 passenger seats section.
By replacing the forward seven rows by a cargo section which can
accommodate four containers, the aircraft load-carrying capacity
can be almost doubled.
The combi version design is also offered
for retrofit on the existing aircraft.
The delivery of the first unit is scheduled to
take place before the end of the year to Airlines PNG of Papua New
Guinea. Airlines PNG will take eight aircraft in a “combi”
“ATR is committed to answer to the customers’
requirements, and the new “combi” configuration is part of the
incremental product developments announced earlier this year at
the Paris Air Show,” said Thierry Casale, ATR Senior Vice
President Programmes. “With more cargo space and excellent
cost-per-trip economics, the “combi” version opens a new path to
develop new markets.”
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