ATR 72

The ATR 72 is a twin-engine turboprop short-haul regional airliner built by the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR.

Developing nation: France and Italy
Production lines: Toulouse, France
First flight: October 27, 1987
Certification: September 1989
First delivery: October 27 1989 with Kar Air of Finland

Significant differences between the ATR-72 and the smaller and older ATR-42 include a 4.50m (14ft 9in) fuselage stretch and reworked wings.

The ATR –500 series:

With its ATR 42-500 and ATR 72-500, ATR supplies state-of-the-art aircraft with the highest standards of comfort. The advanced six-blade propeller provides remarkably low noise levels. All ATR models are compliant with noise regulations and have a large margin with regard to Chapter IV (ICAO) regulations. The ‘-500 series’ feature the lowest fuel consumption per passenger and CO2 emissions of
the regional aviation, thus contributing to make ATR the “Green Player” of the regional aviation.

The ATR –600 series:

The ATR 72-600 is a further development of the ATR 42 aircraft family encompassing the latest technological enhancements while building upon the proven ATR 72-500 airframe and retaining thus the low fuel burn and operating cost. The ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft will feature the Pratt & Whiney PW127M engine with increased power which translates into aircraft’s improved performance for hot climate and high conditions. Additionally, the ATR 72-600 will have a maximum take-off weight increase of 300 kg helping to cope with demands for more weight available for passenger and baggage. ATR will introduce extensively more durable and energy efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology replacing the lighting systems inside the cabin. The new avionics suite meant for the -600 series will include a glass cockpit with 5 wide LCD screens replacing the current EFIS system and provided with upgraded avionics instrumentation which encompasses navigation, recording, auto- pilot and communications.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 68 to 74 passengers
  • Length: 27.17 m (89 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 27.05 m (88 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 7.65 m (25 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 61.00 m2 (656.6 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 12.0:1
  • Empty weight: 12,950 kg (28,550 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 22,500 kg (49,604 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127F turboprops, 1,846 kW (2,475 shp) each


  • Cruise speed: 511 km/h; 318 mph (276 kn)
  • Range: 1,324 km (823 mi; 715 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
  • Takeoff Run at MTOW: 1,165 m (3,822 ft)

All pictures courtesy of Zijde Aviation Photo and Publishing, Rob Vogelaar and Marcel van Leeuwen.