February 13, 2011

ATR 72

ATR 72 is a double-engine turboprop small-haul regional aircraft build via the French-Italian aircraft company ATR. It's seating is up to 78 passenger in a single-class configuration and is operated with a two-pilot crew.
The ATR 72 was designed from the ATR 42 in order to boost the seating capacity (48 to 78) by stretching the fuselage by 4.5 meters (15 ft), increasing the wingspan, accumulating extra powerful engines, and growing fuel facility by around 10 percent. The 72 was announced in 1986, and completed its maiden air travel on 27 October 1988. Right one year after that, on October 27, 1989, Finnair became the foremost airline to put the aircraft into service. Ever since then, at least 408 ATR 72s have been delivered international with orders awaiting on at least 28 more.
The price of one unit costs $16.5 – 20 million.
Currently Buddha Air of Nepal also owns this aircraft.

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