ATR (aircraft manufacturer)

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ATR (Aerei da Trasporto Regionale or Avions de transport régional; Regional Air Transport in English) is a Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer headquartered on the grounds of Toulouse Blagnac International Airport in Blagnac, France. It was formed in 1981 by Aérospatiale of France (now Airbus) and Aeritalia (now Leonardo) of Italy. Its primary products are the ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft. ATR has sold more than 1,500 aircraft and has over 200 operators in more than 100 countries.

Leonardo's manufacturing facilities in Pomigliano d'Arco, near Naples, Italy, produce the aircraft's fuselage and tail sections. Aircraft wings are assembled at Sogerma in Bordeaux in western France by Airbus France. Final assembly, flight-testing, certification and deliveries are the responsibility of ATR in Toulouse, France.

The ATR program was launched on November 4, 1981. The ATR 42, equipped with PW120 engines, made its maiden flight on August 16, 1984. The ATR 72 was launched on January 15, 1986. The 200th ATR was delivered in 1988, to Thai Airways.

The 300th ATR was delivered to Karair, Finland in September 1992. The 500th ATR was delivered to American Eagle, USA on September 5, 1997.

The 600th ATR, an ATR 72-500, was delivered to Air Dolomiti, Italy on April 28, 2000. The 700th aircraft, an ATR 72-500, was delivered to Simplify Deccan, India on September 8, 2006. ATR launched the new -600 series on October 2, 2007. ATR obtained an ISO 14001 management system certificate in 2008.

The 900th aircraft, an ATR 72-500, was delivered to TRIP Linhas Aéreas, Brazil on September 10, 2010. Royal Air Maroc took delivery of the first ATR 72-600 in 2011. The 1,000th aircraft was delivered to Air Nostrum, Spain on May 3, 2012. On June 15, 2015, Japan Air Commuter signed an historic contract for ATR: Its 1,500th aircraft sold.

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