ATR has announced the first two orders for a short takeoff and landing (STOL) variant of its 42-600 that is currently in development.
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ATR expects the recent decision by Bombardier to launch a 50-seat regional jet will have little impact on that segment of the market.
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Turboprop maker ATR says it secured firm orders for 52 aircraft in calendar 2018 in what it described as a difficult environment due to the suspension of deliveries to Iran Air.
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ATR says the boom in online shopping could help spur demand for its aircraft in Australia as part of a mixed business model where cargo shipments supports passenger services on regional routes.
Air New Zealand and ATR plan to look at the use of hybrid technology to power regional aircraft.