ATR Launches New STOL Version, Signs Deals for 40 Aircraft

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.

Sources: Arabian Aerospace; ATR; Aviation 24; Aviator