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Aircraft Profile: ATR 42-500

15 November 2012

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Aircraft Profile: ATR 42-500

ATR 42-500 - good economics in short supply

Airfinance Journal finds out whether the ATR 42-500 is benefiting from the apparent revival in the turboprop market.

The original ATR 42-300 entered service at the end of 1985. The first upgrade was the ATR 42-320, which incorporated more powerful PW121 engines, aimed particularly at improving hot-and-high performance. The -500 series was a major upgrade with new, more powerful engines, new propellers, increased design weights and an improved passenger cabin. The ATR 42-500 was first certificated in 1995. The larger ATR 72-500 followed and has outsold its smaller stablemate in recent years. A supplementary type certificate (STC) exists to convert all ATR 42 variants to cargo aircraft. FedEx, UPS and DHL are major operators of the types. Future developments ATR has introduced -600 versions of both the -42 and the -72. The -600 model brings further significant improvements...