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ATR and Giugiaro Design unveil partnership for the ATR '-600 series' cabin development

Leading regional turboprop manufacturer ATR and world-renowned Italian design house Giugiaro Design today unveiled their partnership for the development of the new ATR '-600 series' cabin, named ARMONIA.

ATR and Giugiaro Design have worked closely together to create an ultra modern, appealing and comfortable cabin. The name ARMONIA is linked to beauty, harmony, balance and calm, themes apparent in the new design.

Giugiaro Design has been involved in many high profile and highly acclaimed car, corporate aircraft, train, ship and motorcycle design projects. The synergic approach established with the ATR engineering team represent an important step forward for both firms. The new ARMONIA cabin marks Giugiaro's entry into the commercial aviation interior design market, enabling it to use its expertise in creating stylish, practical, ergonomic, efficient and effective designs.

ARMONIA's attractively and cleanly styled seats, ceiling, side panels and overhead bins make the cabin more spacious, airy and comfortable. ARMONIA also uses lightweight materials, reducing its total weight by the equivalent of two passengers. Features and benefits of ATR's '-600 series' ARMONIA cabin include:

• New wider, lightweight seats – ergonomically designed to ensure greater knee clearance, an enhanced sense of space and increased under-seat capacity.

• 10 % more cabin storage space and 30% more carry-on capacity – up to 70% of passengers will be able to store their roller bags overhead.

• LED lighting – creating a warmer and more welcoming environment, while improving energy efficiency and weighing less than other lighting systems.

• Optional two-class configuration – with first class offering wider seats (in 2+1 seats basic configuration), more space, windows for each row, and large armrest tables.

• Optional jetway-capable forward door – with a new designed spacious entrance area.

Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, says: "Our partnership with Giugiaro Design brings substantial prestige to the ATR '-600 series' aircraft. To the many advantages of ATRs in terms of operating costs, performance and environmental friendliness, we are now adding the latest in attractive, comfortable cabin interior design. Thanks to this new partnership, ATR '-600 series' passengers will now experience a totally new level of comfort." Fabrizio Giugiaro, Co-Chairman and Styling Director of Giugiaro Design, says: "ATR was just the partner we were looking for to translate the know-how we attained in the car design field into the aviation sector. The project developed for ATR was extremely motivating and challenging: co-operating with such a world leader in the turboprop market meant remarkable, intense and interesting exchange of experiences and inspirations, which we think are key success factors, also for future programs. "

ARMONIA on show

Visitors to the Farnborough International Airshow (19-25 July 2010) will be able to see a full-scale mock-up of the ARMONIA cabin.

ATR's '-600 series' regional turboprop aircraft are due to enter service from 2011.

Press release issued by ATR Avions de Transport Regional on July 9, 2010


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