Industry ATR launches short take-off and landing ATR 42-600S

European aircraft manufacturer ATR has released that it will bring a new version of its ATR 42-600 turboprop to the market. The STOL version allows shorter take-offs and landings.

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As being one of the leading regional aircraft manufacturer in the world, ATR has heard customer feedback and has developed a new version of its popular ATR 42 series. The 42-600S allows operators to use improved landing and take-off capabilities.

The “S” in the product name represents STOL, which stands for Short Take-Off and Landing. This new version of the ATR 42-600 allows airlines to use the aircraft on runways as short as 800m with 40 passengers on board. According to the manufacturer, this makes the ATR 42-600S the best performing aircraft in its segment.

ATR Chief Executive Officer Stefano Bortoli commented: “Adding the ATR 42-600S to our family makes total sense and paves the way for the company’s future. There is a huge potential for 50-seater aircraft and the ATR 42-600S could help airlines widen their horizons, as it can reach up to around 500 new airports across the globe. This is clear illustration of our dedication in helping more people and more remote communities benefit from being part of a connected world and in a sustainable way.”

To date, ATR has recorded 20 commitments for the new ATR 42-600S version. Elix Aviation Capital and Air Tahiti have announced intentions to order the aircraft variant. Elix Aviation is set to become launch lessor, while Air Tahiti will become the launch customer of the aircraft version.

The certification of the ATR 42-600S is expected for the second half of 2022. Immediately after, ATR hopes to deliver the first aircraft.

Regarding the structural changes, ATR wrote in a statement: "The principal modifications for the 42-600S will concern the introduction of a larger rudder, which allows increased control of the aircraft at lower speeds. The new version will continue to use the same engine as both the ATR 42 and 72. The ATR 42-600S will, however, allow pilots to be able to select between the ATR 42 and 72 engine ratings, meaning the aircraft can use increased power for performing STOL operations, or elect to operate more efficiently with less power on longer runways."

Additionally, the ATR 42-600S will deploy its spoilers symmetrically to improve the efficiency of braking. A new autobrake system will ensure that full braking power occurs immediately.

ATR forecasts that it will expand the addressable market by 25% with this new version. The manufacturer sees airlines to open new routes, since close to 500 airports around the world have runways that are between 800 and 1000m short.

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