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- Mar 31, 2006
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ATR: 'A lot of interest' in potential larger turboprop
ATR has had serious discussions with airlines and suppliers about producing a larger turboprop and has found "a lot of interest" in the manufacturer's building a bigger aircraft than the 70-seat ATR 72, Head of Sales John Moore told ATWOnline.
"We are certainly looking at that market and have had some very positive feedback from airlines that they do see a need for a larger capacity turboprop," Moore said yesterday. "There are a growing number of routes where the 70-seat turboprop is too limited."
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Gary Scott last month confirmed that his company intended to move forward with a stretch version of the 70-seat Q400 with first delivery likely in a 2013-14 timeframe (ATWOnline, March 27).
Moore said ATR's discussions with engine-makers (Pratt & Whitney supplies the PW127F to power the ATR 72-500) are particularly key regarding the timing of its decision to launch a larger turboprop program. "It has to have significant gains in efficiency," he explained, emphasizing that no decision had been made. The potential aircraft would "not be a stretch [of the ATR-72] but would be a new airplane," he said.
by Aaron Karp
Cool, now all they need to do is build it with a rear mounted wing and makes the props a pusher with a canard on the front and for some more speed!