ATR 42-600S: The STOL airliner capable of taking off in just 800m

With an estimated 1,200 short-field capable turboprops nearing retirement, ATR is looking to fill the void with its new ATR 42-600S STOL. Lee Cross takes a look at the latest addition to the best-selling regional airliner family

When the ATR 42 first took to the skies in 1984, it entered a rather crowded market, with well over a dozen competing designs all vying for a slice of the regional airliner pie. That the Franco-Italian type has not only seen these off, but today remains the only Western-built 50-seat turboprop still in production, is testament to its remarkable staying power. In fact, between the ATR 42 and the larger 72, Toulouse/Blagnac-based ATR is now the world’s leading turboprop manufacturer.

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