The ATR 42-600S has reached the end of design phase. (Photo: ATR)
Development of the ATR 42-600S has reached a key milestone: the Maturity Gate 7, marking the end of the aircraft design phase. Overall architecture has been frozen, aircraft performance is confirmed, and ATR's partners and suppliers can start manufacturing the first parts: industrialisation begins!
In March 2021, after readjusting the development schedule of the ATR 42-600S (for STOL) due to Covid-19 constraints, the latest member of the ATR aircraft family successfully reached Maturity Gate 7 (MG7).
This major milestone ends the aircraft design phase. All critical design reviews have been successfully passed: the aircraft architecture has been frozen, the expected performance is confirmed and ATR's partners and suppliers can start drawing release for the new parts, source all necessary components and tools, and manufacture the parts.
"The STOL teams have been doing a tremendous job to make this possible. They have adapted their ways of working to the COVID-19 challenging context, working collaboratively without being able to see each other or traveling to meet our suppliers. It takes an engaged and passionate workforce such as ATR's to overcome these challenges." said Michelangelo Esposito, ATR STOL Programme Manager.
Ideal for short runways, with exceptional low speed performance, as well as for hot and high operations, the ATR 42-600S will enable ATR to strengthen its position on the 30-50 seat market, allowing the company to remain regional operators' preferred choice.
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