Aircraft manufacturer ATR has today announced plans for its next generation of airliners, to be known as EVO.
ATR is a world leader in the production of regional turboprop aircraft, such as the ATR 42 and 72. This new family of aircraft will take the design to the next level, with new engine powerplants, and other innovative improvements in technology, efficiency, economics and sustainability.
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 using 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.”
In the coming months, ATR will work with airlines, engine manufacturers and systems providers, with the aim to launch the programme by 2023. It is expected to enter service in 2030.