ATR Wins EASA Cabin Approval

Turboprop manufacturer ATR has received EASA certification for the high-density seating configuration option for the ATR 72-600.

Turboprop manufacturer ATR has received EASA certification for the high-density seating configuration option for the ATR 72-600.

The existing airframe brings the aircraft’s seating configuration up from 74 seats to 78 seats in a move Toulouse-based ATR said will enhance airline’s revenue potential.

The first aircraft in the 78-seat layout, which will also be available as a retrofit, will enter into service in August 2016 when Cebu Pacific takes the first of sixteen ATR 72-600s it ordered at this year’s Paris Airshow.

Thierry Casale, ATR’s senior vice-president of programmes, said demand for the seating configuration came from airlines in the Southeast Asian region which were looking to optimise cabin space and increase the number of available seats for regional flights.

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