ATR Aircraft has announced its plans for the future of its regional aircraft – dubbing the new generation the ATR ‘EVO’.
ATR’s plan for the EVO foresees advanced design features and a new powerplant with hybrid capability., with a planned entry into service in 2030.
It will encompass innovative technologies to enable significant improvements in performance, economics and sustainability. Incorporating a new eco-design that includes new propellers and enhanced cabin and systems, it will remain a two-engine turboprop that can be powered by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
In the coming months, ATR will work with airlines, engine manufacturers and systems providers, with the aim to launch the programme by 2023.
ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli, said:
“Our next generation of aircraft will be a step forward in responsible flying through further incremental innovation. When it enters the market, the new ATR ‘EVO’ will pave the way towards a decarbonised future for aviation. Key benefits include a 20% overall fuel improvement and 100% SAF compatibility. This means that the aircraft will emit over 50% less CO2 than a regional jet when powered by kerosene. When usintg 100% SAF, its emissions will be close to zero.”
Fabrice Vautier, ATR SVP Commercial, said:
“The ATR ‘EVO’ will be even more economical, with double digit operating cost savings achieved in particular through 20% lower fuel burn and 20% overall maintenance cost reduction. This means airlines can serve thin routes more profitably, and communities can benefit from more connectivity, more essential services, and more economic development. Our aim is to continue to offer customers and society ever more inclusive and responsible air transportation.”
Stéphane Viala, ATR SVP Engineering, added:
“We have issued a Request for Information to the main engine manufacturers for the development of the new powerplant that will combine existing and future generation engine technology. The ATR ‘EVO’ will feature improved performance in terms of time to climb and an enhanced cabin, with increased use of lighter bio-sourced materials. Recyclability will also be at the heart of our new design.”
Taking the next steps forward
ATR Aircraft have been working on different variants of their aircraft for some years, with the latest aircraft being the ATR -600 family (made up of ATR42-600, ATR72-600 and ATR42-600S).
As time has gone on, they have sought to reposition the ATR family as a low-carbon option – something that is being carried forward as one of the goals is for the EVO to use 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel, with a hybrid-capable powerplant.
With a target entry into service of 2030, 2023 will be a key year for the programme as they work with suppliers and OEMs to design the components and parts that change an idea, into a concept and from there into a marketable aircraft.
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