ATR (aircraft manufacturer)

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Joint venture
Industry Aerospace
Founded 1981
Headquarters Toulouse Blagnac International Airport
Blagnac, France
Key people
Patrick de Castelbajac (CEO)
Giorgio Moreni (CFO)
Number of employees
Parent Airbus Group (50%)
Alenia Aermacchi (50%)
Slogan Propelling the next connection
ATR42-512 'A2-ABN' Air Botswana in 2014

ATR (Aerei da Trasporto Regionale or Avions de transport régional; Regional Air Transport in English) is a French-Italian aircraft manufacturer headquartered on the grounds of Toulouse Blagnac International Airport in Blagnac, France.[1] It was formed in 1981 by Aérospatiale of France (now Airbus Group) and Aeritalia (now Alenia Aermacchi) of Italy.[2] 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 Sogerma in Bordeaux in western France by Airbus France. Final assembly, flight-testing, certification and deliveries are the responsibility of ATR in Toulouse, France.[3]


ATR 72 of Flybe Nordic



  • 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 330 knots (610 km/h; 380 mph). The ATR-82 project (as it was dubbed) was suspended when AI(R) was formed in early 1996.[5]
  • ATR stretch – In 2007, as a response to the Q400X proposal, ATR floated the idea of a 90–99 seater stretch.[6] As of 2009, it was considered as part of the future -900 series ATR family.[7] In 2011, the 90-seater proposal was brought to its shareholders as a proposal.[8] As of 2012, a new clean sheet design has been considered in the 90-seat segment, for a 2017 launch.[9]


  1. ^ "Contact." ATR. Retrieved on 15 May 2010.
  2. ^ ATR Milestones Archived August 1, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "ATR home page". 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  4. ^ "ATR makes 900th delivery". Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  5. ^ "ATR 82 information". Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Kingsley-Jones, Max. "ATR floats idea of stretched model to tackle 90-seat sector". Flight International, 2007 November 14. Retrieved: 13 February 2009.
  7. ^ O'Keefe, Niall. "Prop manufacturers ponder larger offerings" Flight International, 8 June 2009; retrieved 29 September 2012.
  8. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David. "ATR more certain over prospects for 90-seat turboprop" Flight International, 18 June 2011; retrieved 29 September 2012.
  9. ^ Trimble, Stephen. "IN FOCUS: Turboprop engine duel strikes up for 90-seater", Flight International, 2012 February 27. Retrieved: 29 September 2012.

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