ATR on Wednesday announced plans for the ATR ‘EVO,’ the next generation of its family of regional aircraft, by 2030.
The company plans to work with airlines, engine manufacturers and systems providers, with the aim of launching the programme by 2023.
The proposed aircraft will have advanced design features and a new powerplant with hybrid capability. 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).
“Our next generation of aircraft will be a step forward in responsible flying through further incremental innovation,” ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli, said. “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.”
“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,” said Fabrice Vautier, ATR SVP Commercial. “This means airlines can serve thin routes more profitably, and communities can benefit from more connectivity, more essential services, and more economic development.”
“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,” Stéphane Viala, ATR SVP Engineering, added:. 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.”
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