On the third day of the Paris Air Show, turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR closed deals with at least four companies for a total of 40 planes of various types. It received seventeen orders for a new variant of its popular 42-600 regional aircraft. The company launched the 42-600S, which it optimized for short takeoff and landing (STOL) operations on runways as short as 26,200 feet.
Elix Aviation Capital, an Irish all-turboprop lessor, signed a letter of intent for ten 42-600S aircraft. Air Tahiti, the French Polynesian airline, confirmed an order for two 42-600S planes. An undisclosed customer ordered five 42-600S planes, rounding out the first day of sales for that model.
Unnamed companies also signed orders for 22 ATR 72 planes, the airframer’s larger-capacity aircraft. EasyFly, the Colombian low-cost carrier, ordered one ATR 42-600.