Presented at the Paris Air Show 2019, the ATR 42-600S has been officially launched by the Franco-Italian regional aircraft manufacturer. ATR says it has already received 20 commitments for the new variant.
The ATR 42-600S, whose “S” stands for Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL), allows for take-offs and landings on 800-meter (2,600-feet) runways only, with 40 passengers on board. It was approved by ATR Board of Directors on October 9, 2019.
The new version will receive a larger rudder, which will allow for increased control of the aircraft at low speeds. While it will be powered by the same engine as the ATR 42 and 72, it will allow pilots to switch between the ATR 42 and 72 engine ratings, depending on their need for more power for STOL operations, or more fuel efficiency for conventional runways.
The ATR 42-600S will also be able to deploy its spoilers symmetrically to improve landing braking efficiency and will feature an automatic braking system that will ensure full braking power immediately upon landing.
ATR received 20 commitments from operators and lessors for this new aircraft, including Elix Aviation Capital, launching renter, and Air Tahiti, launch operator. The former ordered 10 ATR 42-600S while the latter two during Paris-Le Bourget International Air and Space Show 2019.
“Close to 500 airports have a runway comprised between 800-1,000m and could welcome the ATR 42-600S”, claims the manufacturer, adding that “the launch of this aircraft will benefit both passengers and airlines thanks to the increased regional connectivity that it will bring”.
The certification of the ATR 42-600S is expected in the second half of 2022, the first delivery should take place shortly after.