ATR unveils plans for hybrid version of its best-selling turboprop

Franco-Italian regional aircraft manufacturer ATR unveiled plans for a new generation of regional aircraft, the ATR EVO. 

The new generation aircraft will feature hybrid engines, lighter bio-sourced materials and innovative technologies “to enable significant improvements in performance, economics and sustainability.”  

However, it’s not a finished project. ATR said on May 18, 2022, that it has sent a request for information to engine manufacturers to develop the new powerplant. 

ATR claims the ATR EVO will offer a 20% overall fuel improvement and 100% SAF compatibility. “This means that the aircraft will emit over 50% less CO2 than a regional jet when powered by kerosene,” ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli said. “When using 100% SAF, its emissions will be close to zero.” 

ATR also says the new generation aircraft will be cheaper to operate. “The ATR ‘EVO’ will be even more economical, with double-digit operating cost savings achieved in particular through 20% lower fuel burn and 20% overall maintenance cost reduction,” added Fabrice Vautier, ATR SVP Commercial. 

The manufacturer hopes to launch the program by 2023, with an entry into service expected by 2030. 

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