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The ATR has arrived!

Started by Chris Liu, May 18, 2023 00:17

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Chris Liu (1001)

Intercity Airways are proud to have taken delivery of our first ATR 42-600, from a total order for 26 aircraft.

The ATR 42-600 will progressively replace our venerable BAe Jetstream 41. These 29 seat British airliners first flew over 25 years ago and have been the backbone of our smaller airport operations for many years. The latest ATR will offer passengers a quieter and roomier cabin with 46 seats at 32" pitch (including 4 standard plus class seats), full size overhead stowage lockers and a larger baggage hold, whilst providing similar flight times. The latest avionic technology permits operations in lower visibility conditions reducing the need for diversions.

This follows similar moves by Loganair and Silver Airways, who are replacing their 30 seat Saab 340 aircraft with 48 seat ATR 42.

Pilots can download our paint scheme for the Microsoft S&H ATR 42 here; this is a high fidelity addon priced under $15 for the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator, available from the in-game marketplace. At this time no suitable freeware versions of the ATR 42 are available for MFS but we intend to support these if they become available, the situation is the same with Xplane 11 (the Carenado or LES Saab 340 makes a good substitute on XP although we haven't repainted these but ACARS permits them to be used). FSX users can continue flying the PMDG Jetstream 41.

We await further news regarding Q400 availability for MFS, unfortunately the ATR 72-600 is not a direct replacement as it's 60 KTAS slower so would require a complete rework of the schedules.