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ATR: Making Regional Air Mobility More Affordable in India

Civil Aviation

Hyderabad: Leading regional aircraft manufacturer ATR is showcasing its latest products and services at Wings India 2022 that opened on March 24. A biennial show, Wings India 2022 is being organized from March 24-27, 2022.

The manufacturer has recently launched a new engine variant – the PW127XT, which will bring down fuel burn and engine maintenance costs even further – respectively by 3% and 20% –, reinforcing ATR’s position as the most economical and sustainable aircraft on the market. ATR’s product and services will be at display in Hall A, Booth n°1.

ATR SVP Commercial, Fabrice Vautier, said: “Turboprops are the proven choice for a highly competitive, low fare environment such as the Indian regional market, where the trip and seat costs of regional jets are too high to compete. Even going beyond the Regional Connectivity Scheme, ATR aircraft are the perfect tool to serve thin point-to-point routes profitably, essentially because they are the most efficient aircraft on short thin routes, and there is still a big potential in India to link secondary cities between themselves, where passenger flows are not big enough for larger modules to be relevant.”

With 61 aircraft flying in India, operated by four airlines, which served 90 destinations and opened 39 new routes in 2021, ATR turboprops have been supporting socio-economic growth in the country since 1999, serving both large metro airports and small regional airfields, and providing essential connectivity to thousands of communities.

ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best- selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. ATR aircraft open more than 100 new routes on average every year, burn up to 40% less fuel and emit up to 40% less CO2 than regional jets. ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.