The aircraft design is inspired from a high-wing, twin turboprop aircraft optimised from the start for efficiency, operating flexibility and passenger comfort.
The operational weights comply with the new regulations increasing the standard passenger weight and provide the ATR 72-500 with a maximum range of 890 Nm or an out and return trip of 420 Nm (without refuelling) on a full passenger load.
The ATR 72 secondary structures are extensively made of corrosion-resistant composite material, and it uses carbon fibre for its outer wings and a composite tail, thus reducing weight further. A lighter aircraft translates to lower fuel costs, which is also better for the environment.
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