This great airplane is the only aircraft offering 50 seats that is currently in production. This means that it has done a great job securing its future as one of the best options for travel. It’s great not only for niche markets, but also for fragmented markets.
Designed to improve both passenger comfort and airplane function, the ATR 42-600 is smaller, more compact, but incredibly powerful. It’s a great option for unique airports where other airplanes may struggle to take off and land due to obstacles or problems with the landing strip.
By using many of the same components as their other planes, ATR ensured that their 42-600 would be easy to maintain and repair. This plane is a great improvement on the ATR 42-500 thanks to the inclusion of the improved glass cockpit.
The ATR 42-600 designation is actually not EASA recognized as a model or variant. The difference between the 42-500 and the 42-600 is in the cockpit.
Orders and Deliveries
After the launch of the ATR 42-600, this plane quickly grew in popularity thanks to the unique design. As recently as mid-2019, ATR was taking orders for this plane.
They took 17 provisional orders at the Paris Air Show for the short take off and landing version of the ATR 42-600. This ATR 42-600S provided to be very popular, and ATR also walked away with an additional 23 orders for their existing planes.
While not as popular as some of the other aircraft that ATR has produced, the ATR 42-600 is still in use by a wide variety of different airlines. Some of these include Easyfly, Liat, Silver Airways, Bahamasair, and Air Tahiti.
This plane was designed to do a great job not only during take off and landing, but also in the air, and it has a steep slope approach capability that is second to none. This means that it can easily be maneuvered in challenging airports and it can easily handle close obstacles.
Designed to be more powerful and comfortable, this aircraft fills a need that other planes can’t touch.
The cockpit of the ATR 42-600 is advanced. It features an improved glass cockpit flight deck that boasts five wide LCD screens. These were introduced to replace the older Electronic Flight Instrument System. Additionally, the cockpit has a Multi-Purpose Computer that is powerful and intuitive. This computer was designed to help improve operation when in the air and to make flights safer.
Thales provides the avionics for this plane. They produce both RNP and CAT III capabilities.
Larger and lighter seats make flying in this plane incredibly comfortable. The slim seats are under larger overhead bins that are wider than normal and have been reshaped.
This reshaping allows passengers to easily store more items in the bins. Additionally, there is a 30% more roller bag stowage capability over the ATR 500 planes.
The ATR 42-600 boasts twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines. They are an upgrade over the traditional engine used in the ATR planes and offer 5% more thrust at take off.
This means that they have improved performance not only in higher altitudes, but also in hot weather and on short runways. This feature can be used only as needed to save fuel.
These engines offer unparalleled performance and are the best option for this aircraft, giving it all of the power and control that it needs to succeed on and off the runway.
This powerful airplane only needs 1165 m for take off and just 1126 m for landing. This is a little longer than the needs of other similar planes, but it takes off at 112 KCAS and lands at 104 KCAS, so it’s easy to see why it needs the additional space.
The ATR 42-600 has an optimum limb speed of 160 KCAS and can climb at a rate of 1851 feet/minute. Additionally, once it reaches its maximum cruise speed, it will maintain a speed of 556 km/h. The range at this max speed with full passenger capacity is 716 Nm.
The ATR 42-600 has the typical retractable tricycle type landing gear that is also on the ATR 42-500.
Sales for this class of aircraft have dropped recently for a variety of reasons, affecting not only ATR, but also other major companies. The Embraer E170 is one of the main competitors in this market, especially since they are generally a little less expensive while being incredibly efficient and competitive in the air.
This aircraft tends to cost around $1552 per block hour of operation.