ATR-72 is one of a family of twin turboprop passenger and freighter aircraft developed and manufactured by Avions de Transport Regional (ATR). The aircraft is certified for low external noise performance according to FAR Part 36 and CH.3 ICAO Annex 16, ensuring compliance well within the current and CH.4 noise regulations. The 500 series features the lowest fuel consumption per passenger and CO2 emissions of regional aviation craft. It was first certified in July 1997.
The ATR-72 carries up to 16,534 lbs (7,500 kg) of revenue payload. The seating capacity of ATR-72 is 64 passengers and its cruise speed is 265 knots (490 km/hour). The ATR-72 is a twin-engine turboprop airliner, which means that it’s powered by quiet and efficient propellers rather than turbojets. This makes it ideal for shorter flights where speeds below 725 km/h are required. The engines are manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada.
ATR-72 is suitable for commercial passenger and cargo transportation. ATR-72 is used for short runways.