Paris Air Show Recap Day 1: A Look at ATR’s Efforts

Render of an ATR 72 regional commuter aircraft taking off.
Image Credit: ATR
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 5 Min Read
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ATR, the regional aircraft manufacturer, is optimistic about its growth prospects in 2023 after three challenging years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a complex economic and geopolitical environment.

The company aims to solidify its position as the leading regional aircraft manufacturer by delivering at least 40 aircraft this year, with plans to increase production to 80 aircraft in the future.

With that in mind, it will be very interesting to see how the manufacturer fares at this year’s Paris Air Show event. The manufacturer is showcasing its ATR 72-600 regional commuter, and 72-600F freighter variant.

Environmental footprint and performance will likely be a catch-cry this year, and the manufacturer has already drawn attention to the fact that it is in attendance with the lowest emission regional aircraft on the market.

ATR’s CEO, Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, believes that their aircraft’s superior economics, advanced technologies, and exceptional environmental performance make them the ideal choice for customers looking to operate their routes profitably despite inflation and energy uncertainty.

The company is driven by the belief that sustainable regional aviation has the potential to improve lives globally, connecting communities and boosting economies, leading to increases in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment.

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Replacements, freighters and the US market


ATR plans to take advantage of the high demand for aircraft replacement, estimated at 1,500 turboprops over the next 20 years.

They also intend to expand into underserved markets like the United States, increase their presence in the freighter market, and explore new opportunities in corporate, governmental, and humanitarian operations.

By leveraging these strategies and adapting to the changing market conditions, ATR aims to position itself for growth and capitalize on emerging opportunities in the aviation industry.

The company’s commitment to sustainable aviation and its ability to provide vital air connectivity to communities and economies play a crucial role in their vision for the future.

Static and flight displays


During this year’s event, the regional manufacturer will be showcasing a range of products and services tailored for the current and future essential air services. This will include the following:

Static Display: ATR will have its modern, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and versatile ATR 72-600 on display (Azul ATR 72-600).

This aircraft is equipped with PW127XT engines and emits 45% less CO2 compared to similar-sized regional jets.

Flying Display: From Monday to Wednesday, ATR will showcase its ATR 72-600F freighter on a flying display (FedEx ATR 72-600F freighter).

This is the only brand-new regional freighter specifically designed for the purpose, capable of carrying up to 9 tonnes of payload. It features a large cargo door and wide cross-section, optimizing cargo operations.

ATR’s next generation EVO concept, incorporating mild hybridisation to further reduce emissions, will feature, and visitors will also be able to experience flying an ATR aircraft on Microsoft Flight Simulator, available on the static area.

Coming up for ATR


On Tuesday, June 20th at 10:00 am, the Chief Executive Officer of ATR, Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, will be hosting a media briefing in Room 2 of the conference centre.

As she approaches the nine-month mark in her role, Laude will be discussing her plans for the future of ATR. This will include the company’s commitment to providing the most advanced and environmentally friendly regional aircraft in the market.

She will also offer insights into the state of the regional aviation industry and share the latest news and developments from ATR.

Check our Live Blog page for updates as they occur from Paris Air Show 2023 Le Bourget.

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