ATR, the regional aircraft manufacturer, has announced its plans for the next generation of its best-selling family of regional aircraft by 2030, the ATR ‘EVO’.
The plan foresees advanced design features and a new powerplant with hybrid capability to offer customers the next generation of ATR aircraft. 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).
ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli said: “Our next generation of aircraft will be a step forward in responsible flying through further incremental innovation. 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.”
In the coming months, ATR will work with airlines, engine manufacturers and systems providers, with the aim to launch the programme by 2023.