ATR (aircraft manufacturer)

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Joint venture
Industry Aerospace
Founded 1981; 36 years ago (1981)
Headquarters Toulouse Blagnac International Airport
Blagnac, France
Key people
Christian Scherer[1] (CEO)
Giobanni Tramparulo (CFO)
Number of employees
Parent Airbus Group (50%)
Leonardo (50%)
ATR 72-600 pre-series : rehearsal of "Des Etoiles et des Ailes” Air Show at Francazal
ATR 42 side view
ATR 72 side view

ATR (Aerei da Trasporto Regionale or Avions de transport régional; Regional Air Transport in English) is a Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer headquartered on the grounds of Toulouse Blagnac International Airport in Blagnac, France.[2] It was formed in 1981 by Aérospatiale of France (now Airbus Group) and Aeritalia (now Leonardo) of Italy.[3] Its primary products are the ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft. ATR has sold more than 1,500 aircraft and has over 200 operators in more than 100 countries.


Leonardo's manufacturing facilities in Pomigliano d'Arco, near Naples, Italy, produces the aircraft's 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.[4]


  • November 4th 1981, Launch of the ATR program.
  • August 16th 1984, Maiden flight of the ATR 42, equipped with PW120 engines.
  • January 15th 1986, Launch of the ATR 72.
  • 1988, delivered the 200th ATR to Thai Airways. (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 72-500). ATR 600th aircraft
  • 2006, delivered the 700th aircraft to Air Deccan, India on September 8 (ATR 72-500). (ATR 700th aircraft)
  • October 2nd 2007, ATR launches the new -600 series.
  • 2008, ATR obtain ISO 14001 management system certificate.
  • 2010, delivered the 900th aircraft to TRIP Linhas Aéreas, Brasil on September 10. (ATR 72-500) TRIP Linhas Aéreas.[5]
  • 2011, Royal Air Maroc takes delivery of the first ATR 72-600.
  • 2012, delivered the 1,000th aircraft to Air Nostrum, Spain on May 3. (ATR 1000th aircraft)
  • June 15th 2015, Japan Air Commuter signs an historic contract for ATR: its 1,500th aircraft sold.
  • February 1st 2016, ATR signs a major agreement with Iran Air for 40 ATR 72-600s.
  • June 14th 2016, The 1,300th ATR, an ATR 72-600, is delivered to NAC for operation by Irish airline Stobart Air.
  • September 22nd 2016, ATR delivers the first ever ATR 72-600 High Capacity aircraft (78 seats) to Cebu Pacific.
  • 2017, ATR celebrates its 35th anniversary.
  • Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd. (JAC), subsidiary of Japan Airlines, becomes a new ATR operator with the introduction into their fleet of the modern and eco-efficient ATR 42-600.
  • February 1st 2017, ATR and Sweden’s BRA perform first ATR biofuel flight
  • February 21st 2017, ATR opens new Training Center in Miami
  • May 09th, IndiGo selects the ATR 72-600 for its ambitious plans to enter regional market
  • May 16th 2017, Iran Air takes delivery of its first four ATR 72-600s


ATR manufactures two sizes of turboprop aircraft, the 70-seat ATR 72 and the 50-seat ATR 42.


  • 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 Aero International (Regional) (AI(R)) was formed in early 1996.[6]
  • ATR stretch – In 2007, as a response to the Q400X proposal, ATR floated the idea of a 90–99 seater stretch.[7] As of 2009, it was considered as part of the future -900 series ATR family.[8] In 2011, the 90-seater proposal was brought to its shareholders as a proposal.[9] As of 2012, a new clean sheet design has been considered in the 90-seat segment, for a 2017 launch.[10]

For a 2,000-2,500 units demand over 20-year, developing a 90-seater would cost more than $5bn and should achieve at least a 30% fuel burn reduction and unit price had to stay in the low-to-mid-$20m, below small jets.[11]


  1. ^ (in French)
  2. ^ "Contact[permanent dead link]." ATR. Retrieved on 15 May 2010.
  3. ^ ATR Milestones Archived August 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "ATR home page". 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  5. ^ "ATR makes 900th delivery". Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  6. ^ "ATR 82 information". Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Kingsley-Jones, Max. "ATR floats idea of stretched model to tackle 90-seat sector". Flight International, 2007 November 14. Retrieved: 13 February 2009.
  8. ^ O'Keefe, Niall. "Prop manufacturers ponder larger offerings" Flight International, 8 June 2009; retrieved 29 September 2012.
  9. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David. "ATR more certain over prospects for 90-seat turboprop" Flight International, 18 June 2011; retrieved 29 September 2012.
  10. ^ Trimble, Stephen. "IN FOCUS: Turboprop engine duel strikes up for 90-seater", Flight International, 2012 February 27. Retrieved: 29 September 2012.
  11. ^ "New ATR CEO favors clean-sheet design turboprop". Leeham news. March 30, 2017. 

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