ATR 42-600 to re-enter Chinese market after receiving CAAC approval


The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has provided validation of the type certificate for the ATR 42-600 regional turboprop.  

According to the manufacturer, the approval opens the opportunity for the planemaker to re-enter the Chinese market with a firm order from an undisclosed customer for three planes of the type.  

“The most sustainable option for regional air travel, the ATR 42-600 is an ideal route opener for China, a vast country looking to grow essential connections profitably and responsibly,” ATR said in a statement released on November 8, 2022.  

“By 2035, we anticipate that over 150 airports will be built in China and turboprops will play a key role in creating a new network of short, thin routes, complementing the high-speed train offering,” ATR’s senior vice-president commercial Fabrice Vautier said.  

Vautier also said that the company’s 20-year forecast “predicts a need for 280 new turboprops” to be introduced in the region.  

Launched in 2007, the ATR 42-600 turboprop features the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127XT-M engine. The engine provides at least 5% additional thrust, improving performance on short runways, in hot weather, and at high altitudes, according to the manufacturer.   

ATR anticipates the 42-600 will provide an “eco-responsible” alternative to jets for China and contribute “to decreasing the reliance on public subsidies and delivering reduced CO2 emissions”. 


Related Posts

AeroTime is on YouTube

Subscribe to the AeroTime Hub channel for exclusive video content.

Subscribe to AeroTime Hub