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ATR offers new variants.(RegionalNews)(Brief article)

European turboprop manufacturer ATR announced updated versions of its 50-seat ATR 42 and 70-seat ATR 72 that include a more powerful engine, new cockpit technology and increased maximum takeoff weight. The-600 series, offered in both variants, "will be the most modern, most up-to-date, with the latest generation technology," CEO Stephane Mayer said during a recent visit to Washington.

The models will be available to customers in 2010, but some of the enhancements will be phased in on deliveries beginning immediately.

In 2003, the company hit a record low of 10 aircraft deliveries, Mayer pointed out. By 2006, production ramped up to 24, with 44 to be delivered by the end of this year. …

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