ATR 72-600: Franco-Italian turboprop regional airliner

ATR 72-600 (F-WWEY): Franco-Italian turboprop regional airliner

The ATR 72 is a twin-engine turboprop, short-haul regional airliner developed and produced in France and Italy by aircraft manufacturer ATR (Avions de transport régional or Aerei da Trasporto Regionale), a joint venture formed by French aerospace company Aérospatiale (now Airbus) and Italian aviation conglomerate Aeritalia (now Leonardo S.p.A.). The number “72” in its name is derived from the aircraft’s typical standard seating capacity of 72 passengers.

During the 1980s, French aerospace company Aérospatiale and Italian aviation conglomerate Aeritalia merged their work on a new generation of regional aircraft. A new jointly owned company, ATR, was established to develop, manufacture, and market their first airliner, which was later designated as the ATR 42.

On 16 August 1984, the first model of the series, designated as the ATR 42-300, performed the type’s maiden flight. During the mid-1980s, the ATR 72 was developed as a stretched variant of the ATR 42. On 27 October 1989, Finnish airline Finnair became the first airline to operate the type in revenue service. The ATR 72 has also been used as a corporate transport, cargo aircraft, and maritime patrol aircraft.

Made in Italy and France

First flight: 1988

Crew: 4 (captain, first officer, 2 flight attendants)

Capacity: 72 seats

Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127XT-M

Power: 2475 HP

Speed: 510 km/h

Range: 1,528 km (949 mi)

Ceiling: 7,600 m

Weight: 13620 kg

Aeroscopia (Toulouse)

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