ATR (Aerei da Trasporto Regionale or Avions de transport régional) is a French-Italian aircraft manufacturer headquartered on the grounds of Toulouse Blagnac International Airport in Blagnac, France. It was formed in 1981 by Aérospatiale of France (now EADS) and Aeritalia (now Alenia Aermacchi) of Italy. Its primary products are the ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft.
Alenia Aeronautica's manufacturing facilities in Pomigliano d'Arco, near Naples, Italy, produce the aircraft fuselage and tail sections. Aircraft wings are assembled at EADS Sogerma in Bordeaux in western France for Airbus France. Final assembly, flight-testing, certification and deliveries are the responsibility of ATR in Toulouse, France.
- 1988, delivered the 100th ATR to Trans World Express in August. (ATR 100th aircraft)
- 1990, delivered the 200th ATR to Thai Airways, Thailand on September 13. (ATR 200th aircraft)
- 1992, delivered the 300th ATR to Karair, Finland in September. (ATR 300th aircraft)
- 1997, delivered the 500th ATR to American Eagle, USA on September 5. (ATR 500th aircraft
- 2000, delivered the 600th ATR to Air Dolomiti, Italy on April 28 (ATR 75-500). ATR 600th aircraft
- 2006, delivered the 700th aircraft to Air Deccan, India on September 8 (ATR 72-500). (ATR 700th aircraft)
- 2010, delivered the 900th aircraft to TRIP Linhas Aéreas, Brasil on September 10. (ATR 72-500) TRIP Linhas Aéreas.
- 2012, delivered the 1,000th aircraft to Air Nostrum, Spain on May 3. (ATR 1000th aircraft)
An ATR 42-320 on the apron at YWG
- ATR 82 - During the mid-1980s, the company investigated a 78 seat derivative of the ATR 72. This would have been powered by two Allison AE2100 turboprops (turbofans were also studied for a time) and would have a cruising speed as high as 330kt. The ATR-82 project (as it was dubbed) was suspended when AI(R) was formed in early 1996.
- ATR stretch - In 2007, as a response to the Q400X proposal, ATR floated the idea of a 90-99 seater stretch. As of 2009, it was considered as part of the future -900 series ATR family. In 2011, the 90-seater proposal was brought to its shareholders as a proposal. As of 2012, a new clean sheet design has been considered in the 90-seat segment, for a 2017 launch.
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