Turboprop airliner maker announces plan for greener next-gen design

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European regional turboprop airliner maker ATR announced plans on Wednesday to develop a new generation of “greener” aircraft, to be called the ATR EVO. The company expected these next generation airliners to be available by 2030. ATR currently manufactured and marketed two twin turboprop airliners, the 30-50 seat ATR 42 and the 44-78 seat ATR 72 . also produced a dedicated freighter version of the latter type, the ATR 72-600F. These two types dominated the global turboprop regional airliner market with a reported share of around 75%.

“Our next generation of aircraft will be a step forward in responsible flight through new incremental innovations,” said ATR CEO. Stefano Bortoli. “When it enters the market, the new ATR EVO will pave the way for a decarbonized future for aviation. Key Benefits [will] include 20% overall fuel improvement and 100% SAF [Sustainable Aviation Fuel] compatibility. This means that the aircraft will emit 50% less [carbon dioxide] than a regional jet when powered by kerosene. By using 100% SAF, its emissions will be close to zero. »

The company issued a request for information to major aircraft engine manufacturers, regarding the development of new powertrains that would incorporate both existing and future engine technologies, including hybrid power capabilities. The ATR EVO would also use lighter “bio-based” materials, new propellers and an improved cabin and systems. The aircraft would also be designed to be recyclable. To achieve these goals, ATR would work with power plant manufacturers, system producers and airlines.

“The ATR EVO will be even more economical, with double-digit savings in operating costs, notably thanks to a reduction in fuel consumption of 20% and an overall reduction in maintenance costs of 20%”, underlined ATR SVP: commercial Fabrice Vautier. “This means airlines can serve narrow routes more cost-effectively and communities can benefit from more connectivity, more essential services and more economic development. Our goal is to continue to offer customers and society ever more inclusive and responsible air travel.

ATR is a 50/50 joint venture between Airbus and Leonardo. The company sought to launch the program next year.

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