TOULOUSE, France--- ATR, headquartered in Toulouse (France), announces that the worldwide ATR aircraft fleet (ATR 42 & ATR 72) in operation has reached the 10 million flight hours mark.
This represents a cumulative distance of approximately 4 billion km (2.5 billion status miles) while roughly 450 million passengers have already flown with an ATR aircraft.
The first ATR aircraft (ATR 42-300), which has a basic configuration of 48 seats, entered into service in December 1985. The ATR 72 with a standard 66 seat configuration, entered into service in October 1989. The new generation (-500 series) which entered into service mid-90s is faster, provides lower noise and vibration levels with a higher level of passenger comfort.
The ATR family (ATR 42 and ATR 72) is built on the concept of a high-wing, twin turboprop aircraft optimized from the start for economy, operational flexibility and passenger comfort. The ATR benefits from the widest cabin on the regional market and complies with existing noise regulations.
To date, ATR has sold 663 ATRs (370 ATR 42 and 293 ATR 72), operated by 107 airlines in 72 countries.
ATR, n°1 in turboprops in the 40 to 70 seat market segment, is an European joint venture between Alenia Aeronautica and EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company).
The ATR Woldwide Fleet Achieves 10 Million Flight Hours