The 50-seat ATR 42 turboprop remains a viable product despite almost 90% of the manufacturer’s order backlog comprising the larger ATR 72 version, ATR said. Answering questions at ATR’s annual press briefing in Paris last week, Patrick de Castelbajac, CEO of the Franco-Italian consortium, said that around 30 aircraft in the company’s 280-strong backlog consisted of the original, smaller version of the turboprop. In recent years factors such as the up-gauging of fleets by ...

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