Stéphane Mayer added: “We are actively working on the development of this new cabin which will offer passengers even higher comfort than the one of our current “Elegance Cabin.”
And to conclude: “We are convinced that the ATR ‘-600’ series, which also presents the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger, will become the reference in regional air transport, thus responding to the expectations of airlines in terms of competiveness and respect for the environment.”
The ATR 72-600 and the ATR 42-600 will carry out respectively 150 and 75 flight hours respectively to test their new equipment before their certification. The common trunk between the ATR 72 and the ATR 42 will enable the ATR 42-600, which will commence its flight test campaign next year, to benefit from certain tests completed by the ATR 72-600.
The constructor of regional aircraft ATR, based in Toulouse, is the world leader in the 50 to 74-seat turboprop market. ATR is an equal share partnership between Alenia Aeronautica (Finmeccanica Group) and EADS. In 2008, ATR recorded a record turnover of 1.3 billion dollars. ATR is ISO 14001 certified, the world standard in the environmental field.